Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can a Machine That Relaxes Blood Vessels Help With Hypertension?

Friday, 11 Jun 2010 04:20 PM

Question: I came across a machine called "Resperate," which supposedly relaxes constricted blood vessels to reduce high blood pressure by guiding one through a breathing exercise. Takes 15 minutes a day and has supposedly been passed by the FDA Have you any knowledge of this machine — does it do what it says it does — is it worth the $200 they're asking for it?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
Caveat emptor. This machine is not FDA approved for treatment of any medical condition. There are no studies that even suggest relaxation of blood vessels or that show any sustained effect on your blood pressure.
You can not lower your blood pressure with breathing exercises for any longer than the period of time other than the time spent on the exercises.
This is not a treatment for those with elevated blood pressure.
There is no FDA approval for effectiveness of this machine that I have been able to find.

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