Exercise Training Effects on Blood Pressure

Numerous meta-analyses of the effect of aerobic exercise on blood pressure have been published, and the results have been consistent. Fagard18 performed a metaanalysis on 44 RCTs and concluded that aerobic exercise reduces blood pressure and that the lowering effect was greater in hypertensives (-7/-6 mm Hg) than normotensives (-3/-2 mm Hg). Further, he concluded that the evidence in support of these findings achieved the highest level of confidence rating, i.e., a "Category

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FIGURE 4.1 Prevalence of individual risk factors before and after 20 wk of aerobic exercise training in the HERITAGE Family Study among 105 participants with the metabolic syndrome at baseline. *P < 0.05 pretraining versus posttraining. Reprinted with permission from Med. Sci. Sport Exerc, 35:1703-09, 2003.

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