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Researchers looked at studies that examined the effectiveness of exercise and medication for lowering blood pressure and found that, for those with high blood pressure, both cardiovascular exercise and strength training worked just as well as prescription blood pressure pills. TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) If you have high blood pressure, hitting the gym may be as helpful as taking drugs to lower your numbers, researchers say..

There’s “compelling evidence that combining endurance and dynamic resistance training was effective in reducing [blood pressure],” according. For some people, getting some exercise is enough to reduce the need for blood pressure medication. If your blood pressure is at a desirable level — less than 120/80 mm Hg — exercise can help prevent it from rising as you age.

Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight — another important way to control blood pressure. For people with high blood pressure, starting an exercise regimen may lower blood pressure by as much as taking medication would, a large analysis suggests. Researchers combined data from nearly 400 randomized trials that assessed the effects of blood pressure drugs or of exercise on blood pressure. Exercise is integral in the treatment of high blood pressure because it strengthens the heart, reduces stress and promotes weight loss. It is generally safe to exercise while on blood pressure medicatio.

Hence, you go on medication to lower your blood pressure. What is never talked about though, is now that you are on drugs that lower your blood pressure, you no longer have the same ability to increase your blood pressure to meet the demands of exercise or whatever activity. The drug(s) won’t let your heart beat. The main finding of this study is the confirmation that the exercise blood pressure depends principally on resting blood pressure and work rate and to a lesser amount on BMI and age. In future studies work rate should be corrected by body weight at submaximal levels.

Exercise can increase blood pressure, but the effects are typically temporary. Your blood pressure should gradually return to normal after you finish exercising. The quicker your blood pressure. There are three basic types of exercise: Cardiovascular, or aerobic, exercise can help lower your blood pressure and make your heart stronger. Examples include walking, jogging, jumping rop.

Understanding your blood pressure numbers. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, more than half of people over the age of 60 have hypertension. avoid blood pressure medication.

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effects during or immediately following exercise are measured versus chronic changes in this risk factor.34 An occasional hypertensive patient may even experience symptomatic hypotension immediately after exercise, thereby requiring a reduction in the dose of BP medication.

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Increasing the level of physical activity has been shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic pressure in hypertensive individuals (Lesniak and Dubbert 2001; Nelson et al. 1986), effects which are reversed by a return to lower levels of exercise (Somers et al. 1991).

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After 12 to 16 weeks, if the blood pressure is adequately controlled, the physician may reduce the antihypertensive medication slowly to determine the long-term effect of training on blood pressure.

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Most studies have shown that exercise decreases blood pressure in hypertensive patients, though such findings have not been conclusive.

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This is a good time to discuss with patient the benefits of exercise and weight control in reducing the risks for hypertension and coronary artery disease or lowering an existing blood pressure elevation.

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Abundant research suggests that increased physical activity and proper nutrition (including lower amounts of salt and fats in the diet and weight loss if necessary) can significantly lower blood pressure and act synergistically with each other and also with medications.

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Hypertension or the use of antihypertensive medications (or other medications) can alter the normal response of blood pressure to exercise.

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Exercise can reduce their blood pressure further, allowing them to decrease their antihypertensive medications and attenuate their risk for premature mortality.

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● If the person is having a systolic blood pressure more than 180 mm Hg and or diastolic blood pressure more than 110 mm Hgthen the person should not do any exercises until the blood pressure is controlled using medications.

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Sometimes exercise and dietary changes help normalize blood pressure so that medications are no longer needed, as many of our study participants found out.

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  • Waving to Austin ����. You can’t tell me your not the best YouTube natural healer for the body
    Costs nothing but just get to it and do it❤��. Thank you so much!

  • Hello Austin Sir. I have blood pressure of 140/80 age 21 M. I feel slightly dizzy. Can I do these exercises and how many times should I do it in a day?

  • My friend asked me to lookup this guide on the internet. His blood pressure level was stroke level 158/120. Throughout the help of the program and eating nice and clean, it was able to reduce swiftly normal again. It has slowly and gradually dropped and Fourteen days later with much healthier eating his blood pressure is 128/84.. Do you often use Google? Yes, use it to know more about this tip. Name of this guide is Jason Cυnobroke

  • I was struggling with Blood pressure issues for a long time. It was so bad that sometimes my Nose bled because of pressure.
    Thank you Austin Sir for this wonderful exercise. I can already feel the effects. It makes me feel so happy. Thank you once again. Much Love from India

  • My students absolutely LOVE TedEd videos, and I use SO many of them in teaching my nursing and allied health students. Thank you for all you do!

  • Hey everyone, the greatest results that ive had was with the Wilfs Calmer Plan (just google it) definately the most incredible method that I’ve seen.

  • Thanks.That was really informative.I have a question about knee after 40.It is like just when I use the stairs, I feel a little sound but no pain.Could you tell us how to take care of knees after 40?Even though I exrcise at the gym.I mean this is a video idea doctor, if possible.

  • I find that after an intense run my blood pressure skyrockets and I feel very sick afterwards. My blood pressure is now controlled with medication, but I still find I get sick after an intense run (5k or more). My question is, is it dangerous to participate in high intensity exercise for a prolonged period even if my blood pressure is controlled? I’m a 25 year old female btw, normal bmi

  • Thanks for making a video about this, my dad suffers from high blood pressure so I’m definitely going to share this with him. We’ve got him on a good workout schedule thanks to your help but still need to work on his diet. Thanks for the food and supplement advice it’s really gonna help.

  • Dr. Anthony, thank you for sharing the excellent information. Blood pressure can be somewhat managed by a healthy lifestyle and the video did an excellent job explaining its aspects

  • How long is it supposed to take for your blood pressure to come back to normal? I did an hour of Interval bike ride and it’s been 24 hours and my bp is still high at 150/110. The highest peak at the end of my cycle ride was 170/110. Is that normal? my normal BP is between 130/90 145/100.

  • Been doin this one once a day and it’s a week now my no is down from 145 to 133.thanks Austin you are Godsend. Still on them till I’m at 100��

  • Dear Sir!
    I’m 72 years old. I do your exercises for kidney and for lungs and they are great. Thank you!
    I have heart aneurysm and have 3 stents put in. I manage my blood pressure with medications but the pressure jumps. In this condition, can I still do this exercise?
    Also, can I do your strengthening the heart exercise? Thank you.

  • Hey austin first of all thanks a lot for your guidance & support… secondly i want to ask i am currently using your lungs & anxiety related therapies & want to try this one too… so can i do all mentioned above 3 therapies together?

  • This video is so timely as my doc just told me I have to work on reducing my blood pressure. My salt intake has always been high as I never thought much about it so with that and with this additional info it should really help me. Thanks Dr A.

  • Does the exercise have to be traditional cardiovascular ones, like cycling, running, walking, etc or does anything that elevates heart rate qualify? I lift weights intensely for about an hour 3 or 4 times a week. That includes kettlebell swings and heavy farmer carry sets which make me feel like I sprinted a quarter mile. I am huffing and sweating like crazy.

  • Hello, I am 25 and my regular BP is 110/70. When I am having panic attack it raises to 140/70 or 160/100 (full-blown).

    I did some mixed aerobics and isolated exercise like push ups and jogging and I took my blood pressure right away while my heart is beating hard and fast and I got 155/90 BP, I exerted 75-90% endurance and strength.

    When I am doing moderate endurance exercise, I am hitting 145/75.

    When I am doing light exercise, I am reaching 110/70-120/70.

    My doctor told me not to exercise if my BP is raised (HBP) because my brain’s blood vessels will explode.

    Should I slowly walk while having panic attack? Can I still exercise and lift light-moderate weights? Is it dangerous to reach 160 systolic while exercising?

    I am already done in 24 hour holter with HRV and 2D echo cardiogram plus ECG theb the result is ok and they told me to go to psychiatrist.

    BTW, Can I exercise light-moderate or is there a very strict limitation?

    I take my BP like 40 times a day left and right arm. I am very anxious that when I exercise, I should not get the hypertension level systolic 130+.

    I sound paranoid but your reply will surely be appreciated, greetings from Philippines! Thank you.

  • If its not possible to go out then wht do we do? Indoor exercise or else? Or which exercise for booldpressure is Swetible? JazakAllah

  • My bp goes on fluctuating ie.140/110..what can I do..n on right side of lips I have vibration sensetion sometimes..as I got paralysis on right side..but it’s recovering..what shall I do?