The data from nearly 400 studies analyzed by researchers show that for people with high blood pressure, such activities as walking, swimming and strength training seem to be as good as most drugs used to treat it. However, the team warns that People should not stop taking medicine until more research is done.
"We do not believebased on our research that patients should stop taking their antihypertensive drugs“Nachi told the British magazine New Scientist. It is one thing to recommend that doctors begin to assign exercises to their patients, but we also need to make sure that the patients who are referred to the exercises can stick to them and, therefore, really benefit, he says.
Huseyin Naci from the London School of Economics and his colleagues analyzed data from 194 studies that examine the effect of drugs on reducing high blood pressure, and 197 studies that evaluate the impact of structured exercises. In total, the tests involved almost 40,000 people, but none of them compared exercise to drugs.
The team found that blood pressure was lower in people who received the drugs than in those who followed structured exercise programs. But when the analysis was limited to only those with high blood pressure, the exercise seemed so effective as a medicine.
The combination of exercises with weights, such as cycling and walking, and exercises with dynamic resistance, such as strength training, have been particularly effective in reducing blood pressure.
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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects four out of 10 adults, although many people do not realize that they haveIf not treated, it may increase the risk of problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
In the group of cardiovascular diseases High blood pressure is a major risk factor for death. and diseases worldwide, in particular, cause myocardial infarction, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, peripheral vascular disease and heart failure. This risk increases if the disease coexists with others, especially diabetes.
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According to the latest global burden of disease study, each year 1.6 million cardiovascular deaths in the Americas regionof which about half a million people up to 70 yearswhat is considered a premature and preventable death. hypertension affects 20-40% region’s adult population and means that around america 250 million people suffer from high blood pressure.
This is the first cause of diseases in developed countries; the second cause of the disease after smoking in developing countries; the first cause of stroke and heart failure and the second cause of acute coronary syndrome.