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Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Position Statement on Exercise and Hypertension


Sharman, JE and Stowasser, M, Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Position Statement on Exercise and Hypertension, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12, (2) pp. 252-257. ISSN 1440-2440 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.10.009


Hypertension (high blood pressure; BP) is a leading contributor to premature death and disability from cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle modification that includes regular physical activity is often recommended to patients with hypertension as one of the first line treatments for lowering BP, as well as improving overall risk for cardiovascular events. It is recognised that allied health care professionals play an important role in helping patients to achieve BP control by influencing and reinforcing appropriate lifestyle behavior. The minimum amount of exercise that is recommended in patients with hypertension comprises a mix of moderate to vigorous aerobic (endurance) activity (up to 5 days/week) in addition to resistance (strength) training (on 2 or more non-consecutive days/week). However, due to the dose-response relationship between physical activity and health, exercise levels performed beyond the minimum recommendations are expected to confer additional health benefits. Vigorous exercise training is generally safe and well tolerated by most people, including those with hypertension, although some special considerations are required and these are discussed in this review. © 2008 Sports Medicine Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:63735
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:53
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-05-26
Last Modified:2012-02-21

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