Mindfulness in CKD

2019-09-27 06:30:47 | BioPortfolio


This study will test whether mindfulness meditation (MM) improves sympathetic function in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and whether transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) optimizes the sympatho-inhibitory effects of mindfulness meditation (MM) and restores autonomic balance in CKD patients.


~30 million people in the US have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and are at 5-15 fold greater risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease and mortality. A major factor contributing to increased CV risk in these patients is chronic elevation of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. New therapeutic strategies to safely and effectively ameliorate SNS over-activity are of paramount importance to improve clinical outcomes in this highly prevalent and high-risk patient population.

This study will test whether mindfulness meditation (MM) improves sympathetic function in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and whether transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) optimizes the sympatho-inhibitory effects of mindfulness meditation (MM) and restores autonomic balance in CKD patients.

Study Design


Chronic Kidney Diseases


Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Health enhancement program (HEP), Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (tVNS), Sham-transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (tVNS)


Atlanta VA Medical Center
United States




Emory University

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