Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Dr. Thomas Colletti, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C



Purpose: To learn about the effect of physical activity on hypertension.

Method: Searched different search engines including PubMed, Medline, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar using the key words, hypertension, and physical activity. Population under the age of eighteen years of age was excluded from all the seventeen reviewed studies.

Results: All the studies reviewed, concluded that physical activity reduces blood pressure in men and women above eighteen years of age.

Conclusion: Physical activity improves blood pressure, and it should be part of the prescription as a non-pharmacologic tool to treat hypertension. There is a need for broader research on this topic in the future.


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