Aerobic Training Boosts the Power of Antihypertensive Drugs
Aerobic exercise augments the blood pressure-lowering effect of antihypertensive medication in hypertensive individuals with metabolic syndrome. In a small study, these patients experienced a greater reduction in their ambulatory blood pressure when they added aerobic exercise to their therapeutic regimen, compared with when they just took antihypertensive meds alone. The average reduction in mean arterial blood pressure when exercise was added to medication was 10 mm Hg, compared with 6 mm Hg with medication alone.
@iraban Hypertension ranks as the leading preventable cause of premature death, affecting some 30% of the adult population worldwide, and costing an estimated $370 billion per year. In addition, there is a tendency to reduce blood pressure only by means of blood pressure-lowering drugs rather than using scientific, evidence-based lifestyle interventions.