Can breathing exercises lower blood pressure?
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Small RCTs have shown that daily slow-breathing (<6-10 breaths per minute) exercises lower blood pressure (BP), with effects lasting up to 6 months. Due to low cost, lack of adverse effects, and relative ease in performing the exercises, patients and physicians may consider slow-breathing exercises as a primary and adjunct therapy for elevated BP. The effects of breathing exercises on outcomes such as stroke and mortality, however, have not been studied.
Evidence Based Practice 13(12): 07.