Lowering Blood Pressure in 5 Minutes
IMST stands for inspiratory muscle
strength training and it’s like strength training except it’s for the muscles you use to inhale. So we’re trying to see does inspiratory muscle strength training lower blood pressure and does it improve a host of other factors. It’s only 30 breaths, it takes people about five minutes every day to do. In our study we’re testing them for six weeks So we’re hoping that by only having to do
something five minutes a day with a handheld device can be done in the comfort of your own home people will perform this regularly and
get health benefits they might not otherwise get. So we’re looking at vascular function which is how healthy the blood vessels are. We’re looking at cerebral vascular function or how healthy the blood vessels in your brain are. We’re also looking at cognitive function. We’re looking at physical performance so doing vo2 max tests and a host of other motor function tests as well. But so far we’ve seen that people in our inspiratory muscle strength training group compared to a group of sham subjects who are breathing against a low resistance are lowering their blood pressure, they’re improving their blood vessel health, their cognitive function is improving a little bit and their exercise tolerance time is increasing more people might be able to get their
blood pressure under control, decrease their risk of these chronic conditions and live healthier lives.