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Stretching is Superior to Brisk Walking for Reducing Blood Pressure in People With High–Normal Blood Pressure or Stage I Hypertension

Jongbum Ko, Dalton Deprez, Keely Shaw, Jane Alcorn, Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Corey Tomczak, Heather Foulds, and Philip D. Chilibeck

estimated to be responsible for the highest number of preventable deaths. 3 Even individuals with high–normal blood pressure (ie, 130–139/85–89 mm Hg) have hazard ratios for coronary heart disease and stroke between 1.5 and 2.0 versus those with blood pressure <120/80 mm Hg. 4 There is clear empirical

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Gender and Income Associations in Physical Activity and Blood Pressure Among Older Adults

Young-Shin Lee and Susan S. Levy


To examine physical activity (PA) in multiple contexts (household, walking, and leisure-time PA) and blood pressure (BP) across gender and income among older adults living independently.


A convenience sample of 372 older adults completed 2 BP measurements and PA questionnaires.


Older adults with high incomes (≥$30,000) engaged in less household activity, more leisure time PA and better controlled their BP than those with low incomes (<$30,000). Men walked more than women. Older women in the low-income group had less controlled BP than those women in the high-income group. Participants with normal or controlled BP were engaged in more household and walking activities than those with uncontrolled BP.


Findings suggest that older men and women at high or low-income levels have different mode of PA and BP management that should be considered for intervention strategies.

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Physical Activity, BMI, and Blood Pressure in US Youth: NHANES 2003–2006

Heather Hayes Betz, Joey C. Eisenmann, Kelly R. Laurson, Katrina D. DuBose, Mathew J. Reeves, Joseph J. Carlson, and Karin A. Pfeiffer

The development of atherosclerotic plaque as a precursor of cardiovascular disease has been well established ( 40 ), and autopsy studies ( 25 , 29 ) have shown this process begins during childhood. Blood pressure is a recognized causal risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease, and

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Association Between Aerobic Fitness and High Blood Pressure in Adolescents in Brazil: Evidence for Criterion-Referenced Cut-Points

Diego Augusto Santos Silva, Mark Tremblay, Andreia Pelegrini, Roberto Jeronimo dos Santos Silva, Antonio Cesar Cabral de Oliveira, and Edio Luiz Petroski


Criterion-referenced cut-points for health-related fitness measures are lacking. This study aimed to determine the associations between aerobic fitness and high blood pressure levels (HBP) to determine the cut-points that best predict HBP among adolescents.


This cross-sectional school-based study with sample of 875 adolescents aged 14–19 years was conducted in southern Brazil. Aerobic fitness was assessed using the modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test (mCAFT). Systolic and diastolic blood pressure were measured by the oscillometric method with a digital sphygmomanometer. Analyses controlled for sociodemographic variables, physical activity, body mass and biological maturation.


Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves demonstrated that mCAFT measures could discriminate HBP in both sexes (female: AUC = 0.70; male: AUC = 0.63). The cut-points with the best discriminatory power for HBP were 32 mL·kg-1·min-1 for females and 40 mL·kg-1·min-1 for males. Females (OR = 8.4; 95% CI: 2.1, 33.7) and males (OR: 2.5; CI 95%: 1.2, 5.2) with low aerobic fitness levels were more likely to have HBP.


mCAFT measures are inversely associated with BP and cut-points from ROC analyses have good discriminatory power for HBP.

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Acute Effects of Interrupting Prolonged Sitting With Intermittent Physical Activity on Blood Pressure in Preadolescent Children

Emma Weston, Matthew Nagy, Tiwaloluwa A. Ajibewa, Molly O’Sullivan, Shannon Block, and Rebecca E. Hasson

, thickening of the carotid vessel wall, and even subtle changes in cognition, are detectable in children with increased blood pressure (BP) ( 18 ). More importantly, cardiovascular risk factors track from childhood to adulthood, hence developing more effective strategies to reduce hypertension has both

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The Effects of Interrupting Prolonged Sitting With Frequent Bouts of Light-Intensity Standing Exercises on Blood Pressure in Stroke Survivors: A Dose Escalation Trial

Paul Mackie, Gary Crowfoot, Heidi Janssen, Elizabeth Holliday, David Dunstan, and Coralie English

Hypertension is the leading risk factor for first and recurrent stroke, 1 , 2 and approximately 1.4 billion people worldwide were living with hypertension in 2010. 3 Lifestyle interventions involving exercise as a primary component form an integral part of blood pressure management, alongside

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Acute Blood Pressure Response to High- and Moderate-Speed Resistance Exercise in Older Adults With Hypertension

Carlos Leonardo Figueiredo Machado, Régis Radaelli, Clarissa Muller Brusco, Eduardo Lusa Cadore, Eurico N. Wilhelm, and Ronei Silveira Pinto

blood pressure (BP) benefits following resistance exercise (RE) routines have been widely reported ( Casonatto et al., 2016 ; Cornelissen & Smart, 2013 ; MacDonald et al., 2016 ). However, during RE, large and rapid transient increases in BP may occur. MacDougall et al. ( 1985 ) observed mean brachial

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Effect of Resistance Training Intensity on Blood Pressure in Older Women

Alex S. Ribeiro, João Pedro Nunes, Karina E. Coronado, Aluísio Andrade-Lima, Leandro dos Santos, Andreo F. Aguiar, Brad J. Schoenfeld, and Edilson S. Cyrino

The aging process can lead to changes in arterial stiffness, contributing to an increased left ventricular afterload via increases in the pulsatile components of systolic blood pressure (BP; Kingwell, 2002 ). Interestingly, the prevalence of this phenomenon seems to be higher among older women

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Physical Activity, but Not Body Mass Index Is Associated With Blood Pressure in Young Children

Katrina D. DuBose, Kathryn Beaman, Christine Habeeb, and Deirdre Dlugonski

High blood pressure (BP) is a risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Although cardiovascular disease is not common among children and adolescents, high BP is becoming a concern. According to national data from the United States, high BP is found in 14% of youth, ages 5–18 years

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Associations of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D With the Blood Pressure Response to Maximal Exercise Among Healthy Adults

Amanda Zaleski, Beth Taylor, Braden Armstrong, Michael Puglisi, Priscilla Clarkson, Stuart Chipkin, Charles Michael White, Paul D. Thompson, and Linda S. Pescatello

Hypertension, now defined as systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≥130 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) ≥80 mmHg, is the most common, costly, and modifiable cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor in the United States and world. Hypertension affects 103 million or ∼46% of Americans ( Muntner et