I just read about RESPeRATE. It's supposed to help lower your blood pressure by teaching you a slower method of breathing for 15 minutes a day. The site says it has now been approved by the FDA. My husband has just been put on Diovan to lower his BP and we're not sure if this is also a good idea. Since it isn't a drug, I guess it can't hurt, but it's quite expensive so we're not sure if it's worth it. I'd really love to hear from anyone familiar with it.
I've never seen one nor talked to anyone who used one. However, I did a search on the boards a week or two ago about it. I noticed in one thread that someone else had reached the conclusion that it would probably be more cost effective to order a CD off the web which teaches breathing techniques.
I looked at one on the web which even had a sample section you could try out online. I haven't ordered it, though. I reached the conclusion that I could probably do almost as well by just taking long slow breaths without the CD. I tried it, measuring my BP before and after, and it did lower my BP. Unfortunately, I haven't kept it up with any regularity. I did use the technique while I was driving several days ago, though. That's one nice thing. You can do it anywhere.
Thanks for all your input. I think we'll just try a relaxing CD. Sounds like any type of relaxing and concentrated breathing will do the same thing for a lot less money. I appreciate all the input!
Welcome back! Thanks for the update. Congratualations on your results. Hey, even if the device encourages lifestyle changes (diet & exercise), it's well worth it. It's even better if you get your money back. Glad to hear you are doing well. Keep it up.