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Do You or Your Loved One Have High Blood Pressure?

The study evaluates two programs (health education and mindfulness practice) to help people manage their high blood pressure better. Both programs are available at UCLA and the cost of the program is free.

To be eligible for this research study, you must be:

  • Over 21 years of age.
  • Diagnosis of hypertension for at least 6 months.
  • Prescribed at least one medication for blood pressure control.
  • Having challenges with maintaining lifestyle changes for blood pressure control (low adherence to proper diet, exercise, and medication).
  • Not regularly practicing mindfulness/meditation in the last 6 months.
  • Not currently enrolled in a structured diet program (e.g., Weight Watchers).
  • Not on hemodialysis.
  • Not on chemotherapy.
  • Not have current substance (drugs and alcohol) abuse problem.
  • Not have severe anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
  • Not pregnant.

What does this study involve?

  • At the start, you will receive:
    • A 5-minute phone call to determine your eligibility for the study.
    • A 30-minute in-person interview to complete questionnaires to assess adherence.
  • Attend a 2-hour hypertension lifestyle management class.
  • You will be randomly assigned to receive either health promotion or mindfulness training. You will attend weekly 1.5 to 2 hour group sessions for 6 weeks (health promotion or mindfulness).
  • You will be provided with a blood pressure monitor to take readings at home.
  • Complete weekly questionnaires (20 minutes) for 12 weeks.
  • A follow-up in-person interview (12 weeks after the start of training).

Participation in this study is voluntary. Your participation in this research study does not replace your current treatment. If you do not meet all eligibility requirement, you will not be able to participate in this research study. The education and training are free of charge. Bus or parking vouchers will be provided.

Email   or call   213-290-4326 (voicemail or text) if you are interested.

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