“They really should be tested, within a clinical setting, during exercise. It could be at the moderate level, but I would suggest they be taken at the max, so that you could identify whether the drug therapy they’re using is the one that will maintain their blood pressure even while they’re exercising,” said Raven, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study.
Hart again appealed to people to continue exercising – but after consulting with their doctor first. She noted that her study was conducted on generally inactive people given a “one-off bout of exercise.”
“I live in Bristol, which is very hilly. If someone who is very sedentary suddenly needs to walk up a hill, that might not be good,” she said. “But if you are more trained – say you’re repeatedly climbing up that hill every week – then that probably will help reduce your risk of having a cardiovascular event.”
Hart said next steps will involve taking a look at more fit people and the impact that fitness level has on blood pressure during exercise.