Post-resistance exercise hypotension in patients with intermittent claudication

Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias, Nelson Wolosker, José Maria Santarem, Wilson Jacob Filho, Claudia Lúcia de Moraes Forjaz

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OBJECTIVE: To verify the acute effects of resistance exercise on post-exercise blood pressure in patients with intermittent claudication.

METHODS: Eight patients randomly underwent two experimental sessions: a session of resistance exercise (R: 6 exercises, 3 sets of 12, 10 and 8 reps with a perceived exertion of 11 to 13 on the 15-grade Borg scale) and a control session (C: resting on exercise machines).

RESULTS: Before and for 60 min following an intervention, auscultatory blood pressure was measured while subjects rested in a sitting position. After the C session, systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressures did not change from the pre-intervention values, while these values decreased significantly after the R session throughout the entire recovery period (greatest decreases = -14 ± 5, -6 ± 5, and -9 ± 4 mmHg, respectively, P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: After a single bout of resistance exercise patients with intermittent claudication exhibited reduced systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressures, suggesting that acute resistance exercise may decrease cardiovascular load in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-6
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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