2018-PT260 Hypertension and High Blood Pressure
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2018-PT260 Hypertension and High Blood Pressure

October 10, 2019

You have a patient who is struggling with
high blood pressure. Exercise will help their blood pressure and
their overall cardiac health. As PTAs using our skills of patient education,
tell the patient to start slow and have fun learning new exercises. Take a blood pressure reading before beginning
exercise. Encourage some aerobic activity. Walking is a great place to start! Encourage the patient to start small and increase
time as they are able. Water aerobics, biking, or jumping rope are
also great things to try. Avoid any heavy lifting as exercise, as this
type of activity is contraindicated for a person with high blood pressure. The blood pressure level should be taken at
the end of the exercise time as well as after a rest period to
see if the BP number has returned to normal. The rise in BP should be noted to see if it
is in an acceptable range. It is critical for the patient with high blood
pressure to work towards an overall healthy lifestyle. This includes exercise, diet, stress reduction,
compliance with medications and regular check-ups with their physician.

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