Exercise in healthy postmenopausal women lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure by tiny amounts

Clinical Question

Does exercise decrease blood pressure in healthy postmenopausal women?

Bottom line

In this meta-analysis, a bunch of crummy little studies found that exercise lowers blood pressure by a very small and clinically insignificant degree in healthy postmenopausal women with normal or high-normal blood pressure. 1a-

Study design: Meta-analysis (randomized controlled trials)

Funding: Foundation

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)

Reviewer

Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


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ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Excellent

Anonymous

BP & Exercise

As above

Anonymous

Exercise in Healthy postmenopausal women lowers bp

No clinically significant findings from this meta analysis, but methodology was poor. Given that, I will continue to prescribe exercise to my post-menopausal patients for the multitude of other benefits.

Anonymous

Exercise in Healthy postmenopausal women lowers bp

meta analysis has poor methodology and hence clinical relevance limited. However, I will continue to recommend exercise to all my postmenopausal patients.