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How can I reduce my high blood pressure with exercise while avoiding prescription medication?

How can I reduce my high blood pressure with exercise while avoiding prescription medication?

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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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With high blood pressure and a fib, what exercise should I get?

With high blood pressure and a fib, what exercise should I get?

Exercise is for: Biochemically fit people. You are biochemically unfit and you may be simply short of magnesium. Try getting it + a well rounded multiitamin and get rid of all the sugar in your daily routine. ...Read more

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I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

Not enough info.: First things first. Prior to starting an exercise program, one should be evaluated. A BP of 148/96 is high and should be brought under control prior to exercising. Ones weight should be assessed and, if high, addressed. All cardiovascular risk factors should be measured and addressed. If exertional symptoms exist, a treadmill stress test is indicated; this enables a safe exercise prescription. ...Read more

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I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

A. Heart Assoc.: I believe the target hr for you during aerobic exercise is 93-157 and the maximal hr is 185. Note aerobic exercise is believed by many to lower resting bp, and resistance exercise might do the same. Mixed data from studies. Remember to factor in the effects of commonly ingested substances such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, tea, chocolates, etc. Many are ergogenic / performance altering. Thanks. ...Read more

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How high should your blood pressure raise after exercise-in terms of systolic and diastolic values? E.g is 127/74 before and 150/101 a normal increase after walking up and down a 16 inch step?

How high should your blood pressure raise after exercise-in terms of systolic and diastolic values? E.g is 127/74 before and 150/101 a normal increase after walking up and down a 16 inch step?

BP and excercise: It is normal for your blood pressure to increase during and right after exercising. If that is the reading about 20 minutes after resting, you should be concerned. Check with a local physician if that is the case. Otherwise, you should keep doing what you do. Exercise and eat healthy. ...Read more

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Is it ok to exercise with very high blood pressure?

Is it ok to exercise with very high blood pressure?

Yes: Exercise can improve blood pressure if done regularly. But if you have high blood pressure you need it treated first as when you exercise your pressures will rise dramatcally. Treat blood preesure first then exercise and then determine with your physi ian what is the best for you as you improve. While exercise at wt loss are beneficial they do not replcace medications in the acute setting. ...Read more

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What is the suggested exercise for high blood pressure person?

What is the suggested exercise for high blood pressure person?

Refer to answer: Blood pressure of above 130top#, and above 90 the lower# is high blood pressure.High BP must be treated. Once treated can do most sports. Recommend exercise for most is aerobic type ...Read more

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High blood pressure, 175/112 took medicine, what quick exercise I can do t lower it?

High blood pressure, 175/112 took medicine, what quick exercise I can do t lower it?

Don't exercise!: You don't want to pop your top, do you? First, you need to get your blood pressure under control with medicines! After that issue has stabilized, then concern yourself with low salt diet, low sugar diet, weight loss, decreased alcohol intake, quitting smoking, exercising to get into shape, and all of the other necessary lifestyle changes. Exercise right now will make your pressure increase! ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

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Could I exercise at 79 years old with high blood pressure?

Could I exercise at 79 years old with high blood pressure?

I would recommend: Taking medications to control your blood pressure and first having a doctor run some tests to evaluate your heart first for any strenuous exercise. Walking is normally ok and a good idea. ...Read more

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Why is exercise not good for the patients high blood pressure?

Why is exercise not good for the patients high blood pressure?

It is Good!: Exercise has many cardiovascular benefits. A regular exercise program has been shown to be part of a successful weight reduction program, improve cardiovascular function and help reduce hypertension and its ill effects. However, since blood pressure normally rises with exercise those with severe hypertension may need a graduated, supervised and monitored program to start. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure, not high enough for BP pills. Other then exercise what can I due to lower my bp. I have been stressed for years, no oulet?

I have high blood pressure, not high enough for BP pills. Other then exercise what can I due to lower my bp. I have been stressed for years, no oulet?

Fruits and vegetable: The dash diet or dietary approach to stop hypertension is a well researched and recommended plan for this purpose. Details here http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash. Pdf. ...Read more

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What would cause visual disturbance during intense exercise? It seems to coincide with high blood pressure as the blurring throbs with each pulse.

What would cause visual disturbance during intense exercise? It seems to coincide with high blood pressure as the blurring throbs with each pulse.

Blurry vision: There are several reasons that you might have visual blurring with exercise.Examples would be: low blood pressure or glaucoma. A visit to your doctor would be indicated to find out if it's nothing serious or something to be treated. ...Read more

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Iv had consistently high blood pressure for a year even with exercise and good diet. At what point do I start worrying. My doc still hasn't addressed it?

Iv had consistently high blood pressure for a year even with exercise and good diet. At what point do I start worrying. My doc still hasn't addressed it?

Depends: At your age, very early for what we call essential hypertension. Hope your doctor did work up (blood work, urine test and EKG) to look for correctable causes of high blood pressure (less than 5% of folks). If all negative, I will go 6 mo with diet and exercise changes. If stil up, time to start medication. ...Read more

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High blood pressure my doctor said he doesn't want meds because I am 26 he wants me to lose 80lbs and get more exercise. Do you agree?

High blood pressure: Hard to say without knowing what your blood pressure readings actually are. That being said, if you need to lose 80 lbs, then you will undoubtedly have improvements in your blood pressure without all that extra weight. There are a huge number of other benefits to being at a healthy weight, so please do start a sound diet and exercise plan. ...Read more

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Md's: is there really something called uncontrolled high blood pressure even when meds, diet and exercise are already being used/done? How common?

Md's: is there really something called uncontrolled high blood pressure even when meds, diet and exercise are already being used/done? How common?

Yes: It is common. If this happens to you, you need to start looking for a cause for the high blood pressure. Don't just keep piling up the medications. ...Read more

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How does exercise help reduce high blood pressure and heart disease?

How does exercise help reduce high blood pressure and heart disease?

Decrease risk: Aerobic exercise will make your heart stronger. If your heart can pump blood with less effort then the force at the arteries will decrease and the arteries will relax, decreasing your bp. Control BP will decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus exercise will control your weight, help with high bad cholesterol and decrease stress in your life, all risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

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


Dr. Sewa Legha
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more