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Benefit of exercise in patients with hypertension has been insufficiently investigated
Date:10/26/2010

This release is available in German.

There are many good reasons to ensure sufficient exercise in everyday life. However, advising patients with increased blood pressure (hypertension) to exercise regularly is often regarded as a specific medical measure aiming to reduce the increased risk of late complications. But whether more exercise actually helps to avoid illnesses related to hypertension or at least delay their onset has been insufficiently investigated. In order to provide better advice to patients with hypertension, informative clinical studies are therefore needed. This is the result of a report published by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency and Health Care (IQWiG) on 22 September 2010.

Comprehensive commission package on hypertension

This report is part of a comprehensive commission package awarded by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) in which the benefit of various non-drug treatment strategies for essential hypertension was to be assessed. This is the most common type of hypertension, for which no clear cause can be found.

People with increased blood pressure receive much well-meant advice, for example, to adopt stress-management strategies, smoke less and drink less alcohol. These measures are also recommended in clinical practice guidelines. IQWiG has already completed reports on the questions as to how a reduction in weight and salt intake affect blood pressure.

What should "more exercise" achieve?

Patients with hypertension have an increased risk of certain diseases of the heart and circulatory system. Strokes, heart attacks and also kidney failure are more common in people with hypertension than in those without this disorder.

The researchers at IQWiG were therefore particularly interested firstly, to know whether people with hypertension, by exercising mor
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