Can breathing exercises lower blood pressure?
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Can breathing exercises lower blood pressure? Evidence-Based Answer: Device-guided breathing may lower blood pressure slightly in the short term (SOR: C, meta-analysis of RCTs at high risk of bias). Qigong meditation and breathing practice may lower blood pressure to the same extent as drug treatment or exercise (SOR: C, meta-analysis of lower quality RCTs). Yoga that includes breathing exercises decreases nighttime diastolic blood pressure (SOR: C, small RCT).
Evidence Based Practice 18(6): E1