Summary

for people ages 18-90 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
study started
estimated completion:
Philip Weissbrod

Description

Summary

This study seeks to explore whether heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback can be effective in the treatment of chronic cough. Chronic cough has many causes, including asthma, postnasal drip, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), each with a specific treatment. However, among a subset of cough patients, no clear cause is found despite extensive workup, and traditional treatment methods do not provide relief. Several studies revealed less common causes of chronic cough and disordered breathing such as vagal neuropathy, paradoxical vocal fold motion, and stress. Additional research identified links between the neurological networks that produce the cough reflex and those that maintain normal breathing. HRV biofeedback is a self-regulation technique that uses computer equipment to monitor heart rate and breathing, two key functions of the autonomic nervous system. By using this non-invasive behavioral technique, cough patients can regulate their breathing and autonomic function, potentially leading to improved autonomic balance and a reduction in cough symptoms.

Keywords

Cough Voice Therapy Voice Therapy and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-90

  • 8+ weeks of cough, Fluent English speaker, Have access to an electronic mobile device

You CAN'T join if...

  • On neuromodulator therapy, cardiac arrhythmia, dysphagia, prior HRVB or mindfulness,head and neck surgery of the oropharynx, neck or larynx, lung surgery, pulmonary pathology other than asthma, tourette syndrome, ACE inhibitor use, current or recent smoker.

Details

Status
not yet accepting patients
Start Date
Completion Date
(estimated)
Sponsor
University of California, San Diego
ID
NCT03235466
Lead Scientist
Philip Weissbrod
Study Type
Interventional
Last Updated
July 2017