Exercise Hypertension is an abnormally high spike in blood pressure experienced by generally healthy people during a workout, is a known risk factor for high blood pressure at rest. The reason is that the problem is rooted in the failure of cells that line the blood vessels to allow the arteries to expand to accommodate increased blood flow during exertion. Various studies show that this impaired ability of endothelial cells, which control large-blood vessel relaxation, is a potential cause of exercise hypertension.
While doing exercise, blood pressure increases to push the flow of the oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. However, in some individuals, the response to exercise is exaggerated. Instead of reaching a systolic (upper number) blood pressure of around 200 mmHg at maximal exercise, they spike at 250 mmHg or higher.
In a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Hypertension, the investigators evaluated 38 men and 44 women ages 55 to 75 who had untreated mild hypertension but were otherwise healthy. Their blood pressures at rest ranged from 130 to 159 mmHg systolic (the upper number) and 85 to 99 mmHg diastolic (the lower number).
Lastly, cool down. When you have done exercising, don't stop suddenly. Just slow down for a few minutes. This is especially important for someone with high blood pressure or people who are suffering from Exercise Hypertension.Is It Safe?
Being active is one of the best things you can do for your blood pressure. Ask our specialist at Körperkraft Medicare Centre if there are any limits on what you can try. When you exercise, notice how your body feels. It may take a while before your body gets used to it. That's normal. It's also normal to breathe harder and to sweat and for your heart to beat faster when you're doing aerobic exercise. But if you're feeling very short of breath, or if you feel like your heart is beating too fast or irregularly, slow down or rest. Stop exercising if you feel chest pain, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or pressure, or pain in your neck, arm, jaw, or shoulder.
Call our doctor or seek emergency treatment immediately if these symptoms do not go away quickly, or if it happens again.
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