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Prevalence of hypertension in the elderly is high. Given that hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease worldwide, safe and efficacious treatment options for this condition are highly desired. Apart from medication, changes in lifestyle are recommended to lower blood pressure, such as an increase in physical exercise. However, whole-body exercise is not feasible for all. Mobility disabilities, for example, increase sharply with age and are already common in middle age. For this population, it is necessary to have alternative, non-invasive interventions with similar effects on blood pressure. One such intervention might be respiratory muscle endurance training (RMET), but the effects on blood pressure are currently unknown.

The primary aim of this project is therefore to investigate the effects of RMET over the course of several weeks on resting blood pressure in healthy elderly. The secondary aim of the project is to evaluate the effects of RMET on uphill exercise performance in healthy active elderly given that elderly experience structural and functional changes of the lungs potentially affecting exercise performance. Finally, since prevalence of subjective sleep complaints is also high in the elderly, the present study will also investigate the effects of RMET on sleep quality.


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NCT number NCT03730935
Study type Interventional
Source Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
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Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 2018
Completion date May 2019

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