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Tackle low BP with an hour of exercise and enough water

  • July 21, 2019

Have low blood pressure? Drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly may help you keep it under control

A recent study funded by NASA has found that an hour of daily exercise and enough water can improve low BP condition. The study was conducted on astronauts and it was the first one to examine a condition called “orthostatic intolerance” during daily activities that astronauts face after returning to earth.

It was found out that exercise regimens during space flight, followed by saline injections after landing, would easily prevent the condition from occurring.

the study has been published in the journal ‘Circulation’.

“Doing an hour or more of daily exercise was sufficient to prevent loss of heart muscle, and when it was combined with receiving hydration on their return, the condition was prevented entirely. We expected to see up to two-thirds of the space crew faint. Instead, no one fainted,” said cardiologist Dr Benjamin Levine from UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A similar condition is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which is predominantly found in women. The patents suffering from this condition experience dizziness that can be debilitating and life changing.

The new findings will not only help patients with these conditions but also will prove to be very helpful for the general population.

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