A brand new study just being presented to experts around the world found very important results for anyone with high blood pressure. While exercising isn’t the latest bit of doctors’ health advice, this helps show how it is so powerful. You know, if staying alive is of importance.
It found that deaths by any cause and by heart disease were much higher among people who didn’t exercise. That is compared to those who did work exercise into their weekly routines. The constant among all the patients: they all had high blood pressure.
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What’s more: the higher risk of death by physical inactivity revealed that it also seemed tied to a significant rise in blood pressure (40-50 mmHg). Since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and serious cardiac events, it seems that not exercising at all is just downright dangerous. Particularly if you have hypertension.
The risk of heart disease rises as blood pressure rises. Lowering blood pressure is a critical treatment goal for anyone with hypertension. This is the first study to quantify the impact of exercise on the risk profile of people with high blood pressure.
So far we tend to manage exercise and high blood pressure separately. But just as important as the numbers on your blood pressure reading is the amount of exercise you are getting.
This news stems from a study of 435,000 people in Taiwan over 12 years. Of the participants, 54% were classified as inactive, 22% as low active, and 24% as medium or above active. In them, they saw that differences in physical activity were a very real problem when risk of death was involved.
Hypertension is one of the major preventable risk factors for premature death from heart disease in the world. High blood pressure contributes to around half of all heart disease.
High blood pressure that is left untreated can greatly increase a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Treating raised blood pressure has been associated with a 35% reduction in the risk of stroke and at least a 16% reduction in the risk of heart attacks.