J Korean Acad Nurs.  2002 Oct;32(5):633-642.

The Effect of Yoga Program on Reduced Blood Pressure in Elderly's Essential Hypertension

Affiliations
  • 1Research fund of Medicine Reseach Institute, Pusan National University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea.
  • 3Department of Family Medicine, Pusan National University, Korea.
  • 4Department of Nursing, Choonhae College, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a Yoga program on decreasing blood pressure in elderly patients with essential hypertension and to suggest a yoga program effective as a nursing intervention tool to reduced blood pressure with increasing life satisfaction. METHOD: The subjects of this study were 24 elderly's essential hypertension, who practiced yoga by three times a week for 8 weeks. In order to evaluate the effect of the yoga program, blood pressure, physiological parameters (Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides) and level of life satisfaction were measured before and after the training. Collected date were analyzed by SPSSWIN program. RESULT: 1) There were significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. 2) There were significant reductions in total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides but no significant increased in HDL. 3) Blood pressure changes were time specific: Both of systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly reduced after 2weeks. 4) There was a significant increase in life satisfaction.
CONCLUSION
The results proved that a yoga program was an effective nursing intervention to reduce blood pressure and to increased life satisfaction for elderly patients with essential hypertension.

Keyword

Essential hypertension; Elderly; Yoga

MeSH Terms

Aged
Blood Pressure*
Cholesterol, HDL
Cholesterol, LDL
Humans
Hypertension*
Nursing
Triglycerides
Yoga*
Cholesterol, HDL
Cholesterol, LDL
Triglycerides
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