Hypertension or high blood pressure affects about 1 in 5 adults globally and is a major contributing factor to cardiovascular disease.

Pharmacological treatments for blood pressure in those with low-mild hypertension has limited evidence to support it. In fact, some risks associated with medication-controlled low-mild hypertension includes hypotensive episodes (sudden drops in blood pressure), syncope (dizziness), electrolyte imbalances and acute kidney injury.

Exercise may be a more suitable option at controlling blood pressure in the low-mild hypertensive population, as it has less attached risk than pharmacological interventions. Exercise can help reduce hypertension over time, as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as improve mental and metabolic wellbeing.

 

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High blood pressure affects one in five adults globally and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Clinical guidelines have traditionally recommended that patients with a sustained clinic blood pressure of ≥140/90 mm Hg be considered for lifestyle or pharmacological intervention, depending on their underlying risk of cardiovascular disease. However, recent guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) recommended that doctors begin antihypertensive treatment at lower thresholds.

Author: MD Health

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