Effects of Heart Rate Oscillations During Meditation on Plasma Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease

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University of Southern California

Status

Enrolling

Conditions

Alzheimer Disease

Treatments

Behavioral: Belly-focus meditation
Behavioral: Belly-focus meditation with slow breathing

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06210035
UP-23-00373

Details and patient eligibility

About

In the current study, we will examine how two types of concentration meditation practices affect plasma biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). We will also examine the effects of the two types of meditation practices on emotional well-being and episodic memory. Healthy adults aged 18-35 who meet all eligibility criteria will be invited to this study. Participants will be asked to engage in one week of daily meditation practice or no-intervention control task at home. They will also be asked to visit the lab twice, once before and once after the intervention, to provide blood samples to assess plasma biomarkers of AD and to complete emotion questionnaires and a memory test.

Enrollment

81 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 35 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Fluent in English
  • Aged between 18-35 years old
  • Agree to provide blood samples
  • Healthy adults who weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Agree to devote 40 minutes daily to this study for a week

Exclusion criteria

  • Have a disorder that would affect heart rhythm or function (e.g., abnormal cardiac rhythm, dyspnea, heart disease including coronary artery disease, angina and arrhythmia)
  • Regularly practicing any relaxation, meditation or yoga that involve breathing focused practices lasting for more than an hour each week

Trial design

Primary purpose

Basic Science

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

81 participants in 3 patient groups

Belly-focus concentration meditation
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will engage in concentration meditation for 40 minutes every day for a week while recording heart rate. They will focus on the sensations around the belly.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Belly-focus meditation
Belly-focus concentration meditation with slow breathing
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will engage in concentration meditation and slow breathing for 40 minutes every day for a week while recording heart rate. They will focus on the sensations around the belly while breathing slowly.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Belly-focus meditation with slow breathing
No-intervention control
No Intervention group
Description:
Participants will rest quietly for 40 minutes every day for a week while recording heart rate.

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Kaoru Nashiro, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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