Exercise and Blood Pressure
Regular aerobic exercise has a variety of effects that protect against heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels, including high BP. There is also significant research showing that exercise creates statistically relevant decreases in BP. These results emphasise why lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, are important first steps in preventing and treating hypertension.
Do you have high blood pressure?
Our Wollongong Exercise Physiology Clinic has been designed purely for the improvement of your health and wellbeing and we now have a dedicated telehealth room for those of you who can not get to us.
How does exercise help blood pressure?
On average, exercise reduces blood pressure by about 6–7 mmHg. Scientific studies with large numbers of volunteers have shown that, if systolic BP is reduced by 5 mmHg, deaths from strokes decrease by 14% and deaths from coronary heart disease (i.e. blocking of the blood vessels that supply the heart) decrease by 9%.
Keen to get started but not sure how? You can visit Prescribe Exercise without a referral from your doctor as a private patient call us to discuss how we can help you. The majority of Private Health Insurers pay a benefit for services provided by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, so it’s likely that your private health fund may pay part of your consultation fee. To receive a rebate from your Private Health Insurer, your cover must include exercise physiology services and the treatment must aim to prevent, delay or improve a chronic disease or injury.
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