Exercise And Blood Pressure

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Exercise increases the cardiac output and the blood pressure. Therefore, to obtain an accurate blood pressure reading wait 20 to 30 minutes following physical activity. Race is another factor, for unknown reasons African American over the age of 35 tend to have higher reading than European Americans. Also, younger female often has a lower blood pressure than males of the same age. However, postmenopausal women tend to have higher blood pressures. Stress stimulate the sympathetic nervous system which increases cardiac output and vasoconstriction of the arteries as a result the blood pressure increase. Fever can increase the blood pressure due to an increase in the metabolic rate. In contrast, external heat result in vasodilation which decrease
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