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Exercise may cut blood pressure as well as medication, study says

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  
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Exercise may cut blood pressure as well as medication, study says

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Working out may have the same effect as taking blood pressure medication says one new study.The findings, published Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show exercise has a similar effect.

To compare which works best, British researchers pulled together data from 194 clinical trials where participants blood pressure medication and 197 trials where people exercised in regimens. The research focused on lowering systolic blood pressure, the top number on the reading that measures the amount of pressure in the arteries per heartbeat.

Initially, the research showed that drugs were more effective than exercise in lowering blood pressure. But when the scientists narrowed their scope to only include participants with high blood pressure, exercise showed the same effectiveness as the drugs.  READ MORE.

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