Aerobic Training Boosts the Power of Antihypertensive Drugs

Aerobic exercise augments the blood pressure-lowering effect of antihypertensive medication in hypertensive individuals with metabolic syndrome. In a small study, these patients experienced a greater reduction in their ambulatory blood pressure when they added aerobic exercise to their therapeutic regimen, compared with when they just took antihypertensive meds alone. The…

New Guidance on Personalized Exercise for BP Control

Recommendations for prescribing exercise to control high blood pressure have been put forward by various medical organizations and expert panels, but finding the bandwidth to craft personalized exercise training for their patients poses a challenge for clinicians. Now, European cardiology societies have issued a consensus statement that offers an algorithm…

In US, Lockdowns Added 2 Pounds per Month

Americans gained nearly 2 pounds per month under COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in 2020, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Network Open. Those who kept the same lockdown habits could have gained 20 pounds during the past year, the study authors said. “We know that weight gain is…