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Jul 9 / Lea Madjoff

Reduce high blood pressure through exercise

In the United States (U.S.), 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention . It has been suggested by recent reports that blood pressure can be reduced and managed by isometric exercise where a joint angle and muscle length do not change during muscular contraction.

One report in particular published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (201;89 [3], 327-34) reviewed various trails focusing on adults aged 18 and over who completed isometric exercise protocols for at least 4 weeks. The goal of the authors was to measure, “the effects of isometric resistance training on the change in systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and mean arterial pressure in subclinical populations and to examine whether the magnitude of change in SBP and DBP was different with respect to blood pressure classification”.

After analyzing all the data, the authors of the report found that there were improvements in all blood pressure measures. In addition, they found a minor reduction in the participants resting heart rate. The authors were able to conclude that isometric exercise has the potential to reduce blood pressure.

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