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Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry 2003;7(3):341-346.
Articles : Effects of Long-term Exercise Therapy and the Cessation on Blood Pressure and Cardiorespiratory Function in Hypertensive Patients
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of long-term exercise therapy and the cessation on blood pressure and cardiorespiratory function in 19 female hypertensive patients, aged 48.5±6.4 years, who had not exercised regularly, volunteered to participate in the present study as subjects. They completed a 16-week exercise therapy consisting of combination exercise performed three times/week, for 60 min. session at lactate threshold (LT) level.Following the exercise period the VO_(2LT) increased significantly by the end of the exercise period (P<0.05). After 16 week of exercise therapy both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly. One month after the exercise ended the blood pressure increased significantly (P<0.05) and approached the initial pre-exercise levels. In conclusion, the effect of long-term exercise therapy at the LT was confirmed for middle-aged patients taking antihypertensive medications, However, the cessation of such therapy resulted in a return to pre-exercise levels.
Key Words: hypertension, exercise therapy, blood pressure, lactate threshold


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