Moderate Exercise Safe for People With High Blood Pressure

Moderate Exercise Safe for People With High Blood Pressure
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is sometimes called the silent killer because it often has no symptoms. It’s a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Exercise training lowers blood pressure, but exercise itself increases it. Are exercise-induced increases in blood pressure dangerous for people with high blood pressure? Researchers from Johns Hopkins University— in a six-month study— showed that older adults (aged 55-75) with hypertension could safely participate in moderate-intensity exercise. Training reduced resting blood pressure and body fat and lessened their risk of coronary artery disease. People with high blood pressure should lift weights and do moderate-intensity aerobics. Warm-ups and cool downs are even more important for people with this disease. As with most things in life, moderation is the key. (Heart, 92: 893-898, 2006)

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