How RESPeRATE works

What is RESPeRATE?

RESPeRATE, the world’s only FDA-cleared, non-drug product clinically proven to lower blood pressure.

Consisting of a computerized control unit, a breathing sensor and a set of earbuds, RESPeRATE coaches you, in real time, to slow paced breathing with prolonged exhalation.

As shown in a published review of it’s 7 clinical trials, RESPeRATE lowers high blood pressure by an average 14 points systolic and 8 points diastolic, with top 10% reductions of 36/20 points. Used for 15 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week, RESPeRATE demonstrates a significant, all-day blood pressure reduction beyond the reduction from concurrent treatments such as medication, diet and exercise.

Provided it is used for the recommended time, blood pressure will remain lowered between sessions. RESPeRATE will not reduce blood pressure too much; it has a normalizing effect.

RESPeRATE’s blood pressure lowering effect has been validated to the point it is now recommended by American Heart Association 2013 Scientific statement on non-pharmacological treatments for hypertension.

How RESPeRATE lowers blood pressure

RESPeRATE’s breathing sensor, placed on the upper abdomen, automatically analyzes your breathing pattern and creates a personalized melody composed of two distinct inhale and exhale guiding tones.

Simply listen to the melody through the headphones, and the body’s

natural tendency to follow external rhythms will enable you to easily synchronize your breathing to the guiding tones.

By gradually prolonging the exhalation tone to slow down breathing, RESPeRATE leads you to the therapeutic zone of less than 10 breaths per minute with prolonged exhalation.

Within a few minutes, the muscles surrounding the small blood vessels in the body relax, blood flows more freely, and blood pressure is significantly reduced.

While breathing returns to normal after each session with RESPeRATE, the beneficial impact on blood pressure accumulates. Within three to four weeks, a significant, lasting reduction in blood pressure occurs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the breathing exercises be performed alone, without the device?
No, it’s not as easy as it sounds. In order to lower blood pressure, people need to pace their breathing, prolong exhalation, and do so without effort. Yet even the simplest breathing exercises, such as counting, reciting a mantra or consciously observing your breathing, requires concentration which is effort. RESPeRATE does this work for you by using rhythmic tones to guide breathing interactively. This slows breathing without a conscious effort. So, while unaided breathing techniques can have a relaxing effect, RESPeRATE has been proven through clinical studies to deliver a significant and lasting effect on high blood pressure.

What is the recommended course of treatment for RESPeRATE?
Studies have shown RESPeRATE delivers significant blood pressure reductions when it is used for 15 minutes at a time, at least three to four times per week, in order to attain 40 or more minutes of slow breathing (<10 breaths per minute) with prolong exhalation per week. Additional use has shown to provide further blood pressure reductions, and there is no danger of using the device too much. So, we recommend using RESPeRATE daily.

How long does it take to realize a decrease in blood pressure from using RESPeRATE?
In clinical trials, most patients saw the bulk of the results after just three to four weeks of treatment. Further reductions accumulate with consistent use.

How long do the effects of using RESPeRATE last?
Clinical studies show that RESPeRATE can provide a sustained all-day reduction in blood pressure with regular use. As with other physical exercises, the benefits will not be maintained over time without continued routine use. Compliance is good as most patients find RESPeRATE relaxing and pleasant to use.

Is RESPeRATE the same as yoga or meditation?
No. While based on the same fundamental physiological phenomena, namely that structured breathing exercises can have a beneficial effect, RESPeRATE is the only method proven to lower blood pressure repeatedly in well designed clinical studies. The key difference is that unaided breathing techniques such as yoga and meditation, require effort and concentration, which counter the lowering of blood pressure (by raising sympathetic nervous system activity). So, while yoga and meditation may be relaxing, and there is some data showing a blood pressure lowering effect, scientific consensus does not support them as practical interventions for treating hypertension. In contrast, RESPeRATE’s patented method for real-time device guided breathing utilizes our natural tendency to follow external rhythms to deliver the therapeutic effect of breathing without effort.

Can RESPeRATE replace my medications?
Working with their doctors, many RESPeRATE users have been able to avoid additional medications, reduce dosage, and in some cases eliminate them. Please note, we strongly recommend that you do not modify your hypertension treatments without the advice and consent of your doctor.

Is RESPeRATE safe?
Yes, the FDA labeling specifically indicates that “RESPeRATE can be safely used in conjunction with medications and lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise.” and it has no contraindications and there are no known side effects. Since RESPeRATE is a device and not a drug, there is no concern for drug interactions.

It is advisable not to use RESPeRATE while driving or operating heavy machinery since people may fall asleep during sessions.

Consult with your physician before using RESPeRATE if you suffer or have suffered in the past from:
Active ischemic heart disease/unstable angina, bradycardia, severe congestive heart failure, chronic atrial fibrillation, stroke resulting in permanent impairment, chronic renal failure, severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema, major organ failure, sleep paralysis, have a pacemaker, or if you are pregnant.

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Is RESPeRATE covered by Health Insurance?
US veterans can in many cases receive RESPeRATE without charge should their doctor order it for them.

As an FDA-cleared medical device, RESPeRATE is eligible for reimbursement by FSA and HSA plans.
You can use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to cover the cost of purchasing RESPeRATE. Once you purchase RESPeRATE, print out a receipt and submit it to your FSA administrator for reimbursement.

Otherwise, RESPeRATE is not yet covered by Medicare or major health plans.

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site updated by 2019/06/20