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

the systolic value is long term and what the effects on health are. A reduction in blood pressure is an indication that the risk of late complications may be diminished. However, it is well-known with regard to drugs that even if medications are similarly effective in reducing blood pressure, they may still fail to prevent late complications such as heart damage equally well, and also produce different side effects.

In addition, it could not be concluded from the studies whether participants could reduce the intake of blood-pressure lowering medications through exercising more often.

Advice on lifestyle changes also investigated in studies

"To avoid misunderstandings: our conclusion is not that more exercise is useless or even harmful," says Professor Dr. med. Jrgen Windeler, IQWiG's Director. "However, it is a sobering fact that medications to lower blood pressure have been tested in dozens of large studies but we still know little about the advantages and disadvantages of physical activity, even though national and international professional associations have recommended this measure for a long time." This imbalance should be corrected. "Advising patients with hypertension to exercise more will often mean a substantial change in their life style; patients should know whether they benefit from this."


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