HIRREM for Prehypertension

What we are studying

Primary objective of this pilot study is to evaluate whether the addition of acoustic stimulation linked to brain activity (HIRREM), as compared to the addition of acoustic stimulation not linked to brain activity (ambient nature sounds), to continued current care, will reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) in patients with blood pressure levels that place them in the category of pre-hypertension. This will be a randomized, single site, controlled, pilot clinical trial, enrolling up to 24 men and women, aged 18 or older, who have not been previously diagnosed with hypertension, and who have documented blood pressures that place them in the category of pre-hypertension (systolic BP 120-139, and/or diastolic BP 80-89), have no known cardiovascular disease, or other medical conditions associated with likelihood for development of hypertension, and who are not taking medications for management of blood pressure. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive 8-16 sessions of either acoustic stimulation linked to brain activity (HIRREM and continued current care, HCC), or acoustic stimulation of ambient nature sounds not linked to brain activity (nature sounds and continued current care, NCC), over a maximum of 4 weeks. Both groups will continue their other current care throughout. There will be pre- and post-intervention data collection to include physiological outcomes, symptom inventories for insomnia, depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, stress, and a quality of life measure

Who is Eligible

  • All Genders
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Blood pressure between 120-139 mmHg systolic and/or 80-89 mmHg diastolic
  • Not currently pregnant or trying to become

What is involved

  • 4 data collection visits
  • 8-16 acoustic stimulation linked to brain activity or acoustic stimulation of ambient nature sounds not linked to brain activity

Compensation

$25 per data collection visit

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Krystal Schmidt
Email
WFHIRREM@wakehealth.edu
Phone
Not Listed
Principal Investigator
Charles H. Tegeler, MD

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