Date of Award

4-1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (to 2011)

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Third Advisor

Dr. James Greene

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate behavioral approaches to the control of hypertension and to provide practical guidelines for setting up such a behavioral program.

Five hypertensive subjects underwent a program consisting of one hour exercise and relaxation sessions, three times per week for 8 weeks. Changes in pretreatment and post treatment blood pressure readings and anti-hypertensive medications were recorded.

Possible mechanisms relating exercise and relaxation to blood pressure control were discussed.

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