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Blood Pressure In Exercise
It's individual: Depends on the cause of the high blood pressure. If you're obese, then exercise can help reduce blood pressure when it's combined with good nutrition and weight loss. If you have kidney problems, if you eat a fast food/junk food diet, if you have an extremely stressful lifestyle, or any other cause for hypertension, then exercise won't reduce your blood pressure until you deal with the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
Is it safe to lower blood pressure through exercise or will I have to decrease the amount of sodium i consume?
Do both: Both these lifestyle interventions will help in lowering the bp. ...Read more
Sympathetic nerves: During exercise the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated. The catecholamines released as well as direct stimulation on the heart result in a faster heart rate as well as increased contractility which raises cardiac output. This increases the rate of volume/pressure rise into the vasculature (dp/dt). This increases bp. ...Read more
Exercise and BP: In order to get a cardiovascular benefit from exercise you need to do aerobic exercise for a minimum of twenty minutes in a row for at least three times per week. More is better in this respect, so if you can do more either in number of days or duration then you should. Not only will you lower your blood pressure, you will strengthen your muscles and your heart. ...Read more
Blood pressure: We don't like to see pressure over 140/90 and over 160/90 we really don't like. ...Read more
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