Clinical Trial

Sympathetic Overactivity in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Study Description

Sympathetic Overactivity in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)and prehypertension (borderline high blood pressure) are at higher risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease. The purpose of this study is to test whether PTSD patients have exaggerated increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and adrenaline levels during different forms of stress, that might predispose them to developing high blood pressure and heart disease. This study will also evaluate whether regular sessions of slow breathing that is guided by a device (RESPeRATE) improves blood pressure, heart rate, and adrenaline levels during stress in patients with PTSD and prehypertension.

Location

Locations Selected Location

Methods

No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Device - Device-Guided Breathing using the RESPeRATE device

15 minutes of device-guided breathing daily for 8 weeks

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Mechanisms of Sympathetic Overactivity in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Clinical Trial ID

NCT01627301

ParticipAid ID

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