Habitual Exercise and Systolic Blood Pressure During Resistance Exercise

Elevations in systolic blood pressure during both resistance and cardiovascular exercise, and during regular daily activities, are predictive in the development of cardiovascular disease. Can higher levels of general physical activity reduce the rise in systolic blood pressure that occurs with resistance exercise? Listen as Consulting Editor David Gutterman (Medical College of Wisconsin) interviews lead author Takeshi Otsuki (Ryutsu Keizai University, Japan) and content expert Shane Phillips (University of Illinois-Chicago) about the work by Otsuki and colleagues which combined both observational and interventional human studies involving moderate intensity exercise programs. Is blood pressure during exercise a more sensitive predictor of cardiovascular risk than resting blood pressure? Does brachial arterial stiffness affect blood pressure during exercise? Listen and find out.

Takeshi Otsuki, Takahiro Kotato, Asako Zempo-Miyaki Habitual exercise decreases systolic blood pressure during low-intensity resistance exercise in healthy middle-aged and older individuals Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, published October 1, 2016. DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00379.2016

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