Antihypertensives may fail to control BP when exercising

Patients taking hypertensive medications may not be protected from abnormal rises in BP while exercising, a small study suggests.

UK researchers made physiological measurements on 16 treated-and-controlled hypertensive patients and compared them with results from 11 normotensive people, 16 people with untreated hypertension and 16 people with treated, but uncontrolled, high blood pressure.

The results of the likely world-first experiment showed that, whether treated or not, hypertensive patients had a rise in systolic blood pressure of 71-81mmHg when exercising at peak rates while the blood pressure

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