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The Effects of Yoga on Hypertensive Persons in Thailand

McCaffrey, Ruth ND, ARNP-BC; Ruknui, Pratum MS, RN; Hatthakit, Urai PhD, RN; Kasetsomboon, Payao MS, RN

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To determine the effectiveness of a yoga program on blood pressure and stress, a group of hypertensive patients in Thailand were studied, with the experimental group showing significantly decreased mean stress scores and blood pressure, heart rate, and body mass index levels compared with the control group. Further studies are suggested to determine the effects of yoga on hypertension in Thailand.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton; Songkhla Hospital, Songkhla, Thailand (Ms Ruknui); and the Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkhla University, Songkhla, Thailand (Dr Hatthakit and Ms Kasetsomboon).

Corresponding author: Ruth McCaffrey, ND, ARNP-BC, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (e-mail: rmccaffr@fau.edu; rmccaffr@fau.edu).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.