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A 41-year-old member asked:

Given that if you exercise your blood pressure eventually goes down if you have a high blood pressure, but why?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Not exactlly: Shortly after exercise, BP falls as you cool down. This is because your blood vessels dilated with exercise as you open vascular beds in your muscles and your total peripheral resistance falls. This is a short term effect and has no long term benefit for controlling hbp

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Is it ok to exercise with very high blood pressure?

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014


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