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Is walking bad for blood pressure ?

I have high blood pressure and am taking medication for it. At the current time the meds aren t working but my new doctor gave me different BP pills to try. I ve been walking for exercise but he said walking is good for your heart but bad for your blood pressure . I find it hard to believe. I thought exercise was basically good to lower blood pressure. Can someone please clear this up for me? Thanks! I neglected to mention my doctor is a cardiologist.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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You have to clarify it with your doctor. There could be specific reasons. Normal immediate response of blood pressure to exercise is a steady rise with increasing exercise, as occurs in an exercise test. Regular exercise reduces blood pressure in the long run, not immediately. If your blood pressure is high, it is bound to go higher when you walk. Of course, it will come down once you stop walking. Especially if you have other problems which make a transient rise of blood pressure unwarranted, your doctor can advise you not to walk when the blood pressure is not under control. So once again clarify your situation with your doctor.
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