Year : 2015 | Volume
: 7 | Issue : 11 | Page : 517--523
Is there a clinically meaningful change in the blood pressure of osteoarthritis patients with comorbid hypertension during the course of Balneotherapy?
Emrullah Hayta1, Mehmet Birhan Yilmaz2, Ilker Yayikçi1, Zafer Özer1, Özlem Sahin1
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sivas Numune State Hospital, Sivas, Turkey
2 Department of Cardiology, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas Numune State Hospital, Sivas, Turkey
Background: Balneotherapy (BT) is a treatment modality that uses the physical and chemical effects of water, including thermomineral, acratothermal, and acratopegal waters. It has many effects on cardiovascular system. Aim: The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of 3-week BT on blood pressure of osteoarthritis (OA) patients with no hypertension (HT), and controlled or uncontrolled HT. Materials and Methods: The OA patients (n = 270) were divided into three groups: No HT, controlled HT, and uncontrolled HT. All the groups received BT in the facilities of our university hospital at the same time every day (10:00-11:30 AM) for 10 min per day, 5 days per week, for a total duration of 15 days in a 3-week period. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures and pulse rates were measured before and after BT on daily basis. Results: Overall, (1) the pulse rates of study groups measured after BT were significantly increased compared to before BT; (2) the systolic blood pressures of study groups measured before and after BT were found as comparable; and (3) the diastolic blood pressures of no HT and controlled HT groups measured before and after BT were not statistically significant (P > 0.05); however, in the uncontrolled HT group, the diastolic blood pressure showed a decreasing trend after BT (P < 0.05). Conclusions: In patients with OA, BT can be safely used without resulting in any meaningful changes in systolic and diastolic blood pressures in patients with normal and controlled HT but a decrease in diastolic blood pressure of patients with uncontrolled HT. This may be an advantage in OA patients having HT as comorbid disease.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas - 58140
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Hayta E, Yilmaz MB, Yayikçi I, Özer Z, Sahin Ö. Is there a clinically meaningful change in the blood pressure of osteoarthritis patients with comorbid hypertension during the course of Balneotherapy?.North Am J Med Sci 2015;7:517-523
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Hayta E, Yilmaz MB, Yayikçi I, Özer Z, Sahin Ö. Is there a clinically meaningful change in the blood pressure of osteoarthritis patients with comorbid hypertension during the course of Balneotherapy?. North Am J Med Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 May 16 ];7:517-523
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