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Effect of isometric exercise on resting blood pressure: A meta analysis

Effect of isometric exercise on resting blood pressure: A meta analysis

Owen, A., Wiles, J. and Swaine, I. (2010) Effect of isometric exercise on resting blood pressure: A meta analysis. Journal of Human Hypertension, 24 (12). pp. 796-800. ISSN 0950-9240 (Print), 1476-5527 (Online) (doi:10.1038/jhh.2010.13)

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Abstract

Dynamic physical exercise (walking, swimming, and so on) is an important component of lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure; however, many individuals are unwilling or unable to adopt this lifestyle change. Isometric exercise has not traditionally been recommended as an alternative to dynamic exercise and has not been well studied. A meta-analysis of controlled trials of isometric exercise on resting blood pressure was therefore undertaken. Five trials were identified including a total of 122 subjects. Isometric exercise for <1 h per week reduced systolic blood pressure by 10.4 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 6.7 mm Hg. These changes are similar to those achieved with a single pharmacological agent. These results suggest that isometric exercise may be of value as part of lifestyle advice in maintaining a desirable blood pressure. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: isometric exercise, meta-analysis, blood pressure, lifestyle
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QP Physiology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13675

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