Harvard Heart Letter

As physical activity level rises, blood pressure may drop

Research we’re watching The more physically active you are, the lower your risk of high blood pressure, a study in the April 2017 issue of Hypertension suggests. Researchers pooled data from 29 studies involving a total of more than 330,000 people, about 20% of whom had high blood pressure. They examined the association between high blood pressure and leisure-time physical activity (walking, dancing, or gardening, for example) as measured by metabolic equivalents (METs). …

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