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The Best Exercise for High Blood Pressure?

What is the best exercise for high blood pressure? Let’s just say… not what I would have guessed!

I’ve had several doctors come on the podcast to discuss the dangers of high blood pressure. One cardiac doctor referred to it as a “silent epidemic.” The problem with high blood pressure is that it can remain silent before it hits you with big health problems, such as a stroke or a heart attack. That is why I cannot stress enough the importance of frequently monitoring your pressure. Get a cuff at home, and do it. And no… you are not too young to start! Especially if you are in a developed country where chronic diseases are soaring in young people.

In this episode of Causes or Cures, I chatted with Dr. Jamie O’Driscoll and Jamie Edwards about their research recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on what is the best exercise for maintaining an optimal resting blood pressure. In the podcast, they explain how they conducted their study, their results, and the theories behind why one exercise did significantly better than others at lowering blood pressure. They will tell you how you can do the best exercise right now and also offer advice on how their findings should impact current exercise guidelines when it comes to high blood pressure, a serious health problem that affects millions of people!

By the way, if you go to my Instagram, you’ll see me doing the best exercise for high blood pressure! (Action shot! lol)

Dr. O’Driscoll is a researcher in Cardiovascular Physiology at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Clinical Scientist in Cardiology. You can learn about him here.  Jamie Edwards is a PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tune in to the episode here! 

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2 Responses to “The Best Exercise for High Blood Pressure?”

  1. Greetings Dr.‼️
    I have a suggestion… Hmmm, perhaps more of a strong wish….
    I would welcome…. no, actually I’d be doing an incredible happy dance for 2 hours uninterrupted if ur podcasts were eventually available with the transcript …..

    A summary of salient points would also make me quite happy….
    Worthy of an hour’s happy dance 💃🏼

    Affords some of us the flexibility and time to keep current with our fav health doctors …..
    Yes, you’re one of them …
    Very high on my list..

    Thank you for considering my request .

    • Hi Liz!

      Thanks for your suggestion. Someone else suggested this a while back too. I am looking into it. I know Apple is going to automatically do it come Spring. Right now, the transcription services I’ve looked at are .25 cents a minute or more. I’m funding this thing entirely out of pocket so that, for me, could add up over time. I am exploring cheaper options. Zoom does offer a transcription, but in my opinion, it’s not very organized and I just don’t know if I have the time right no to make it fit for public consumption. That said, if you have any suggestions for transcription services, I’m all ears! I’d like to offer it (and it would help my SEO ratings too), but for me it’s just a time and money issue. Maybe if I hit Joe Rogan status one day, I won’t have to worry! lol – Erin

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