Can regular exercise benefit Afro-American men with severe hypertension?

P. F. Kokkinos, V. Papademetriou

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To evaluate the effects of moderate-intensity exercise on blood pressure and left ventricular hypertrophy in Afro-American men with severe hypertension, we randomly assigned 46 patients, 23 to exercise plus drug treatment and 23 to drug treatment alone. After 16 weeks, the exercise group had a significant reduction in diastolic blood pressure, left ventricular mass, left ventricular mass index, and thickness of the interventricular septum compared with the nonexercise group. The dose of drug required to control blood pressure was successfully reduced for 10 of the 14 patients in the exercise group who continued to exercise beyond 16 weeks. Blood pressure thus is reduced and left ventricular hypertrophy regresses in Afro-American men with severe hypertension who exercise regularly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalCardiology Review
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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