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30 minute walk at start of day lowers blood pressure

21-Feb-2019

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Researchers looked at the effects of half an hour of walking on the blood pressure.

Compared to participants who were sitting down for 8 hours a day.

Systolic blood pressure (the upper figure) dropped by an average 3.4mmHg.

Women got extra benefit from frequent 3-minute walk breaks throughout the day.

Did not directly compare the effects of exercise with blood pressure drugs.

People should not stop blood pressure medications without talking to a doctor.

Experiments bu University of Western Australia included 67 adults aged 55 to 80.

The study was published in journal Hypertension.

As effective as some blood pressure medicines (but don't stop without talking to your doctor!)

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Scientific journal covering all aspects of research on hypertension.

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