The effects of a self-control program using yoga meditation on stress and blood pressure levels of older adults with essential hypertension in the community

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Prapaporn Suvarnakuta
Sirirat Joomjana
Kritsana Boonmung

Abstract

Background: Hypertension is a major health problem in Thailand and worldwide and affects the lifestyle of the patient and their family. Furthermore, hypertension is a risk factor related to other complications and causes high medical costs.


Objectives: To study the effects of a self-control program by yoga meditation practice on stress and blood pressure levels of older persons with high blood pressure in the community.


Methods: This quasi-experimental study used a one-group, pre-posttest design. The subjects consisted of 30 older persons with essential hypertension and they participated in the program for 8 weeks. Data were collected by using demographic data, stress assessment, and a standard mercury sphygmomanometer. The reliability of the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of stress assessment was .86. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and a paired t-test.


Results: The results showed that the average stress score of the sample receiving Yoga meditation practice was significantly lower than that before receiving the program (p<.05). Moreover, both  the average systolic and diastolic blood pressure of the sample after yoga meditation practice was lower than before practice (p<.05)


Conclusions: Yoga meditation practice can reduce stress levels and blood pressure levels in the elderly with essential hypertension.

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Suvarnakuta, P., Joomjana, S., & Boonmung, K. (2021). The effects of a self-control program using yoga meditation on stress and blood pressure levels of older adults with essential hypertension in the community. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH, 15(2), 88-99. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JHR/article/view/249431
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