Drug Therapy Fails to Control Blood Pressure During Exercise

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with high but under control blood pressure saw a jump in their levels during exercise, an increase that mirrored the spikes seen under similar conditions among people with untreated hypertension, according to a new British study.

The findings open up the possibility of tailoring blood pressure treatment to a patient’s activity level.

But the study’s senior author emphasized that routine exercise continues to be one of the best ways to help lower blood pressure in the long run, since regular physical activity strengthens the heart and allows it to pump more blood with less effort.

“We don’t want to put people off exercising because it’s been proven that training to be fitter does help control blood pressure, which in return reduces your risk of having a heart attack and stroke,” said Emma Hart, an associate professor at the University of Bristol’s School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience.

She’s the senior author of the study published June 12 in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

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