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What type of exercises are advisable for a patient with high blood pressure?

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Question: have high blood pressure. Currently taking Lisinopril. My doctor isn't in right now. I just want to know what type of excersises I should stay away from.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Exercise advised.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

You should focus on walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing.

Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure.

Hope my answer was helpful. If you have any other question I will be glad to help.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (2 hours later)
thanks. What about Jiu Jitsu. I take lessons. And as far as strength, what are some good options? I heard lifting weights was no good. I have to lose a lot of weight but I would like to replace some of it with muscle.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Aerobic activity is better.

Detailed Answer:

Hi again,

I suggest you do the aerobic activity at relatively moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes for a week (30 minutes on the day). This activity helps with the blood circulation and also with losing weight.

Also, flexibility exercises on a daily basis.

You can also do muscle-strengthening activity on two or more days a week being always careful with the weight.

Jiu-jitsu is not the best activity in your case.

Some bits of advice are:
-Avoid holding your breath during weight training
-Avoid exercises in which the head is lower than the heart as this can raise your blood pressure
-If your blood pressure is high, you should avoid lots of overhead arm work.

Hope my answer was helpful.

Take care.

Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi, General & Family Physician


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What type of exercises are advisable for a patient with high blood pressure?

Brief Answer: Exercise advised. Detailed Answer: Hello, I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. You should focus on walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure. Hope my answer was helpful. If you have any other question I will be glad to help. Regards.