CLINICAL TRIAL

Electro-acupuncture test for Hypertension

Recruiting · 18+ · All Sexes · Orange, CA

This study is evaluating whether electroacupuncture may help lower blood pressure in individuals with hypertension.

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About the trial for Hypertension

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Electro-acupuncture Test is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 2 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Experimental Group 1
Electro-acupuncture test
PROCEDURE
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Electro-acupuncture control
PROCEDURE
Experimental Group 2
Electro-acupuncture test
PROCEDURE
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Electro-acupuncture control
PROCEDURE

Eligibility

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 2 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
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People who have a mild form of coronary artery disease and no significant changes on their electrocardiogram that reflect ischemia when they are at rest. show original
Patients who have high blood pressure, whether or not they are taking medication to treat it. show original
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: 8 weeks
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 8 weeks
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: 8 weeks.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Electro-acupuncture test will improve 1 primary outcome and 3 secondary outcomes in patients with Hypertension. Measurement will happen over the course of 8 weeks.

blood pressure
8 WEEKS
evaluation of systolic and diastolic blood pressures changes
8 WEEKS
plasma renin
8 WEEKS
evaluation of plasma renin (ng/ml.hr) change
8 WEEKS
plasma catecholamine
8 WEEKS
evaluation of plasma catecholamine (ng/ml) change
8 WEEKS
Heart rate
8 WEEKS
evaluation of heart rate change
8 WEEKS

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
S. M.
Prof. Shaista Malik, Professor
University of California, Irvine

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

How many people get hypertension a year in the United States?

Nearly 6.8 million adults are hypertensive in this country. These data, collected from 1999-2004, are consistent with previous estimates that the prevalence of hypertension has not decreased in men, and is less likely to reflect a population change from an underlying population prevalence.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for hypertension?

Although people often feel well with medication for hypertension for two to three years, most do not remain on antihypertensive medications for the rest of their lives. In addition to medication, behavioral interventions may be beneficial for promoting adherence to medications. Moreover, when medication is effective, it can decrease cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with moderate to high blood pressure.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is hypertension?

Hypertension can occur at any age as it results from the body's inability to process adequate amounts of blood or the blood vessels being too weak to hold on to the blood vessel walls.\n

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes hypertension?

The majority of hypertension in the general population is due to the association of hypertension with other risk factors such as smoking and diabetes. Dietary factors seem to have a small effect on hypertension whereas drugs do not seem to influence the risk. There is a clear association of hypertension with several modifiable risk factors in a dose dependent manner. Hypertension treatment should be individualized for each patient as it improves both the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can hypertension be cured?

Hypertension is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality. Many patients with moderate-to-severe blood pressure increase can be safely reduced to normal treatment levels by careful lifestyle choices.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of hypertension?

Most people with diabetes have pre-existing high blood pressure. However, in a proportion, it becomes troublesome or life-threatening without being noticed. Hypertensive signs are most prominent at night and often occur with an aura, or suddenly in the middle of a normal waking day. The best indication of hypertension arises from the assessment of the blood pressure when there is an acute angle of at least 15º between the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the latest research for hypertension?

Recent research on lifestyle changes, medications, and surgeries help prevent hypertension and treat it. A recent Cochrane review shows evidence that combining lifestyle factors will lower blood pressure better than just one lifestyle change; medications may be reasonable for some people with elevated blood pressure, but there is insufficient evidence to recommend more than one medication; and surgery may help people who have not had blood pressure control for more than 3 months or those who continue to have high blood pressure despite medication. Although a combination of all approaches may be best, most people with prehypertension will eventually need to start medication or take a blood pressure-lowering operation. (More information on individual approaches can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Who should consider clinical trials for hypertension?

These studies can play a key role in improving guideline-based care. They should also help physicians and patients understand the potential benefits and risks of medication in order to make informed decisions. These studies should not be substitute for standard care but a tool for improving outcomes.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Have there been other clinical trials involving electro-acupuncture test?

We found that electroacupuncture has good, reliable and positive effects on hypertension, which are the same as of the AT group. Therefore, electroacupuncture is an effective form of treatment for hypertension. Further large-scale studies are necessary to more thoroughly evaluate its effectiveness and safety.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What does electro-acupuncture test usually treat?

In a recent study, findings of this study have shown that the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture in treating essential hypertension would not be attributed to a specific effect on blood pressure. Thus, the effect of acupuncture has not been supported as a treatment for hypertension. The lack of an observed effect of acupuncture on post-exercise blood pressure also suggests the hypothesis that acupuncture does not have any direct effect on cardiovascular system.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Is electro-acupuncture test safe for people?

People may be harmed from EA test, which causes serious adverse reactions including serious adverse effects on cardiovascular and central nervous system. Results from a recent clinical trial has led to us modifying the EA test protocol, emphasizing that EA test need to be carefully supervised, which has significant advantages on safety and effectiveness.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the latest developments in electro-acupuncture test for therapeutic use?

Recent findings showed that the new EA devices are safe, accurate and reproducible for electro-acupuncture treatment, and it could help to identify an individual's need for the acupuncture in their therapeutic procedure, which can improve the long-term treatment effectiveness for patients with chronic conditions like hypertension. In addition, it could be an effective complement tool for acupuncture professionals in identifying patients' need for acupuncture in their therapeutic procedure and also predicting treatment outcome and facilitating their therapeutic procedure planning for individual patient.

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