Exercise Can Lower Blood Pressure as Effectively as Medicines
Researchers from European institutions and those from the U.S., including the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, and the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, suggest that systematic exercise helps decrease systolic blood pressure, which measures the blood pressure in the blood vessels as the heart beats.
For the study, they analyzed the data from 194 clinical trials that focused on antihypertensive drugs and their impact on systolic blood pressure, and 197 clinical trials, examining the effect of systematic exercise on blood pressure measurements. These trials provided information from 39,742 participants in total.
Dr. Huseyin Naci, one of the lead researchers, explains: “We don't think, on the basis of our study, that patients should stop taking their antihypertensive medications. But we hope that our findings will inform evidence-based discussions between clinicians and their patients.”
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