Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 301–310 | Cite as

Effect of biofeedback-assisted relaxation on blood pressure and cortisol levels in normotensives and hypertensives

  • Angele McGrady
  • Marilynn Woerner
  • Guillermo A. Argueta Bernal
  • James T. HigginsJr
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Abstract

This report examines the relationship between blood pressure and cortisol in normotensives and hypertensives. Both groups received biofeedback-assisted relaxation training. Both groups significantly decreased their muscle tension levels from baseline. Only the hypertensives decreased their blood pressure and cortisol levels after training. Implications for the role of cortisol in the relaxation response and in hypertension are discussed.

Key words

hypertension biofeedback cortisol relaxation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angele McGrady
    • 1
  • Marilynn Woerner
    • 1
  • Guillermo A. Argueta Bernal
    • 1
  • James T. HigginsJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical College of OhioToledo

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