Therapeutic role of exercise in treating hypertension

Educational Objectives
To explain the acute blood pressure response to exercise To list the mechanisms by which exercise may improve hypertension To apply exercise guidelines in treating hypertension To prescribe appropriate drug therapy for active hypertensive patients

Overview of Hypertension
High BP is a risk factor for stroke, CHF, angina, renal failure, … Hypertension clusters with hyperlipidemia, diabetes and obesity Drugs have been effective in treating high BP but because of their side effects and cost, non-pharmacologic alternatives are attractive

Classification of Blood Pressure Blood Pressure Category Optimal Normal High Normal Hypertension Stage 1 (Mild) Stage 2 (Moderate) Stage 3 (Severe) Systolic <120 <130 130-139 140-159 160-179 > 180 Diastolic <80 <85 85-89 90-99 100-109 > 110 .

Pathophysiology of Hypertension High blood pressure is also associated with obesity. physical inactivity. salt intake. low potassium intake. heavy alcohol use and psychological stress Intra-abdominal fat and hyperinsulinemia may play a role in the pathogenesis of hypertension .

Prevalence of Other Risk Factors With Hypertension Risk Factor Smoking LDL Cholesterol >140 mg/dl HDL Cholesterol < 40 mg/dl Obesity Diabetes Hyperinsulinemia Sedentary lifestyle Percent 35 40 25 40 15 50 >50 .

PVD & stroke that is 3X higher than normal HTN may lead to retinopathy and nephropathy HTN is also associated with subclinical changes in the brain and thickening and stiffening of small blood vessels .Cardiovascular Consequences of Hypertension Individuals with BP > 160/95 have CAD.

Cardiovascular Consequences of Hypertension Increased cardiac afterload leads to left ventricular hypertrophy and reduced early diastolic filling Increased LV mass is positively associated with CV morbidity and mortality independent of other risk factors High BP also promotes coronary artery calcification. a predictor of sudden death .

Hypertension & CVD Outcomes Increased BP has a positive and continuous association with CV events Within DBP range of 70-110 mm Hg. there is no threshold below which lower BP does not reduce stroke and CVD risk A 15/6 mm Hg BP reduction reduced stroke by 34% and CHD by 19% over 5 years .

4 gms/day Maintain adequate dietary intake of potassium.Lifestyle Changes for Hypertension Reduce excess body weight Reduce dietary sodium to < 2. calcium and magnesium Exercise moderately each day Engage in meditation or relaxation daily Cessation of smoking .

with or without other risk factors Lifestyle Modification Medication Lifestyle Modification Stage 1 HTN 140-159/90-99 Lifestyle Modification (up to 12 mo) Lifestyle Modification (up to 6 mo) Medication Lifestyle Modification Medication Lifestyle Modification Stage 2.Blood Pressure classification Blood Pressure Risk Group A No major risk factors Stage (mm Hg) No TOD/CCD High-Normal BP Lifestyle Modification 130-139/85-89 Risk Group B At least one major risk factor.3 HTN 160/100 Medication Lifestyle Modification Medication Lifestyle Modification . not including DM No TOD/CCD Risk Group C TOD/CCD and/or DM.

Medical Therapy and Implications for Exercise Training Pharmacologic and nonpharmocologic treatment can reduce morbidity Some antihypertensive agents have sideeffects and some worsen other risk factors Exercise and diet improve multiple risk factors with virtually no side-effects Exercise may reduce or eliminate the need for antihypertensive medications .

Acute BP Response to Exercise .

Exaggerated BP Response to Exercise Among normotensive men who had an exercise test between 1971-1982.4 times more likely to have had an exaggerated BP response to exercise Exaggerated BP response increased future hypertension risk by 300% after adjusting for all other risk factors . those who developed HTN in 1986 were 2.

Subjects in CARDIA study with exaggerated exercise BP were 1. DBP > 10 mm Hg at any workload. SBP > 70 mm Hg at 8 METs.7 times more likely to develop HTN 5 years later J Clin Epidemiol 51 (1): 1998 .Exaggerated BP Response to Exercise Exaggerated BP was change from rest in SBP >60 mm Hg at 6 METs.

5 mm Hg from 154 78% of subjects decreased DBP by an avg. NIH. 1995: 69-71 . of 8.6 mm Hg from 98 Only 1 study showed increased BP w/ EX Beneficial responses are 80 times more frequent than negative responses Hagberg. of 10.. Consensus Conference on Physical Activity and CV Health (1995) Review of 47 studies of exercise and HTN 70% of exercise groups decreased SBP by an avg. et.

The Pedometer a small device worn at the waist that counts steps used successfully in obesity studies .

A Fountain of Youth Physical inactivity is a primary risk factor Harvard Study: .PA .

Patient Education Tool .

Possible Mechanisms of BP Reduction with Exercise Reduced visceral fat independent of changes in body weight or BMI Altered renal function to increase elimination of sodium leading to reduce fluid volume Anthropomorphic parameters may not be primary mechansims in causing HTN .

Possible Mechanisms of BP Reduction with Exercise Lower cardiac output and peripheral vascular resistance at rest and submaximal exercise Decreased HR Decreased sympathetic and increased parasympathetic tone Lower blood catecholamines and plasma renin activity .

Antihypertensive & Volume Depleting Effects of Mild Exercise on Essential HTN .


low-impact activities: walking. retinopathy. biking. treadmill walking Exercise testing Exercise type . R/O asymptomatic ischemic CAD.Exercise Prescriptions for Patients With Borderline-to-Moderate Hypertension Patient evaluation Look for lipid disorders. osteoporosis GXT with modified Naughton protocol. PVD. DM. LV dysfunction. renal insufficiency. stepper. radionuclide Aerobic. tai chi. swimming. neuropathy. silent MI/ischemia osteoarthritis.

Exercise Prescriptions for Patients With Borderline-to-Moderate Hypertension Frequency Intensity 5 days/week as a minimum Start at 50-60% maximum HRR & slowly increase to 70%. and 60 min/day as maintenance Duration . then 30-45 min/day for next 4-6 wk. within 6 weeks work at 85% HRR or from 50-90% of maximal heart rate Start with 20-30 min/day of continuous activity for first 3 wk.

Exercise Prescriptions for Patients With Borderline-to-Moderate Hypertension Excessive rises in blood pressure should be avoided during exercise (SBP > 230 mm Hg. Restrictions on participation in vigorous exercise should be placed on patients with left ventricular hypertrophy. DBP > 110 mm Hg). .

Weight Training Resistive exercise produces the most striking increases in BP Resistive exercise results in less of a HR increase compared with aerobic exercise and as a result the “rate pressure product” may be less than aerobic exercise Assessment of BP response by handgrip should be considered in patients w/ HTN Growing evidence that resistive training may be of value for controlling BP .

.F. N. Am J Cardiol 55: 74-78. So patients should adhere strictly to guidelines for fluid replacement Patients should use fluid replacement drinks with low concentrations of K+ to avoid the risk of hypokalemia Gordon.Beta-blocker therapy and exercise Non-selective Beta-blockers may increase a patient’s disposition to exertional hyperthermia.1985 .

SUMMARY Physical activity has a therapeutic role in the treatment of hypertension No consistent relationship between reduced weight and lower BP Exercise at lower intensities is effective in treating mild to moderate hypertension Exercise testing may help identify exaggerated BP responses to exercise .

SUMMARY Exercise prescription for HTN should be based on medical hx and risk factor status Exercise prescription should be adapted to antihypertensive medications that may affect exercise HR. BP & performance Incorporating resistive training into the exercise prescription may be of value for controlling blood pressure .

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