Fitness, Sports and Blood Pressure.

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Summary of "Fitness, Sports and Blood Pressure."

Blood pressure is lowered for a few hours after aerobic exercise, but also after resistance exercise, although for a shorter period of time. An exercise program can significantly lower resting and ambulatory BP measurements. Multiple mechanisms interact for the BP lowering effect, such as decreased total peripheral resistance, enhanced endothelial function, diminished sympathetic or rennin plasmatic activity, structural vascular modifications and baroreceptor reflex modulation. New exercises like eccentric or isometric (handgrip) contractions are promising. Resistance activities have long been considered dangerous for blood vessels because of increased arterial stiffness, but if the intensity remains moderate and aerobic exercises are integrated, then the effects are altogether beneficial.


Sports Medicine Department, School of Medicine, Stanford University, California.

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Name: Praxis
ISSN: 1661-8157
Pages: 1551-1557


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The field of medicine concerned with physical fitness and the diagnosis and treatment of injuries sustained in sports activities.

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