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High Blood Pressure and Exercise

September 8, 2019 by

Your blood pressure is what measures your blood’s force against your artery walls as it moves through your body. While your blood pressure will rise and fall during the day, having a consistently high blood pressure can be harmful to your health.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death, and because of this, new blood pressure guidelines have been released for Americans. The guidelines now say that blood pressure that is measured under 120/80 is now normal, while 140/90 used to be the baseline for normal.

The American Heart Association recently estimated that 1 million people will have a heart attack or die from cardiovascular disease in our country; 795,000 will have a stroke; and over 100 million Americans are living with high blood pressure today.

The guidelines for blood pressure are not regularly updated, they’re only changed when enough new evidence emerges to show the old guidelines are no longer accurate or relevant. These new guidelines are aimed to help people reduce this epidemic of high blood pressure, as well as the issues that come along with it, such as heart attacks or stroke.

Having high blood pressure can cause damage to your arteries or make them become more narrow and lose elasticity, which can then limit your blood flow. This can then reduce the amount of nutrients and oxygen that’s being delivered to your organs and muscles, such as your heart, which can then cause heart failure. Having a limited amount of oxygen travelling to your brain can lead to strokes, dementia, and even cognitive impairment.

It is a good idea to exercise if you have high blood pressure because one of the risk factors that is associated with high blood pressure is a sedentary lifestyle. Studies have found that increasing the amount of exercise that you get can help reduce blood pressure. However, if you have heart disease or any other pre-existing condition, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

Getting exercise has a positive effect on high blood pressure and can help reduce excess weight, as well as reduce stress. Studies have shown that men with high blood pressure who exercised had a significant fall in their blood pressure 30 minutes after their exercise was complete.

Researchers have also evaluated 65 studies to look at the impact of exercise on blood pressure and found that regardless of gender, initial blood pressure, or the amount of physical activity that one completed, there was a consistent reduction in blood pressure. This reduction in blood pressure continued for hours after the exercise was complete. Further, the reductions increased for those who used exercise as a preventive strategy by those who were active and didn’t take drugs to reduce their blood pressure.

Becoming more active can reduce your blood pressure by an equal amount of what you may expect from some blood pressure medications. To keep your blood pressure under control, you must exercise on a regular basis, and it could take up to three months for the exercise to impact your blood pressure.

One study that looked at whether or not exercise could be a protective factor for African-Americans who had normal blood pressure at the beginning of the study. THe participants were evaluated for their amount of exercise, blood pressure, and medication use. During the eight year study, 650 of the subjects ended up with high blood pressure.

Researchers found from this data that engaging in regular moderate exercise can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure in African-Americans. These findings could help the African American population realize the importance of regular exercise when trying to prevent high blood pressure.

Hypertension is a health issue that is preventable and can be treated. People have always been aware that engaging in exercise is an important factor in controlling blood pressure, but now we know that this is true regardless race.

The truth is, even a modest amount of exercise can help reduce your risk of suffering from high blood pressure, especially if you currently live a sedentary life. Find something that you enjoy doing or that you can do with a friend, such as going for walks, and try to increase your amount of physical activity to reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure.

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