People with high blood pressure urged to keep fit

19 April 2012

Participating in regular exercise could reduce the risk of a person with high blood pressure dying as a result of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The World Heart Federation has presented its findings at the World Congress of Cardiology, in which it highlighted that all-cause and CVD mortality risks were higher in those who did not keep fit compared to those who had an active regime.

Another important statistic revealed by the researchers was that excess mortality risks from being inactive was on par to a rise of blood pressure of between 40 and 50 mmHg after blood pressure equivalence of physical activity was measured.

CP Wen, of the Institute of Population Health Science, National Health Research Institute, in Taiwan, pointed out: "This study is the first to quantify the impact of exercise on the risk profile of people with high blood pressure."

The World Heart Federation's study follows on from Diabetes UK recently finding that around 50 per cent of Brits with diabetes are struggling to control their blood pressure.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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