Walking training improves ambulatory blood pressure variability in claudication

Chehuen, Marcel da Rocha, Cucato, Gabriel Grizzo, de Carvalho, Celso Ricardo Fernandes, Zerati, Antonio Eduardo, Leicht, Anthony, Wolosker, Nelson, Ritti-Dias, Raphael Mendes, and Forjaz, Claudia Lucia de Moraes (2021) Walking training improves ambulatory blood pressure variability in claudication. Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia, 116 (5). pp. 898-905.

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Background: Walking training (WT) improves walking capacity and reduces clinic blood pressure (BP) in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), but its effects on ambulatory BP remains unknown. Objectives: To investigate the effect of 12 weeks of WT on ambulatory BP and its variability in patients with PAD. Methods: Thirty-five male patients with PAD and claudication symptoms were randomly allocated into two groups: control (n = 16, 30 min of stretching) and WT (n = 19, 15 bouts of 2 min of walking at the heart rate of leg pain threshold interspersed by 2 min of upright rest). Before and after 12 weeks, 24-hour ambulatory BP was assessed. Ambulatory BP variability indices assessed at both time points included the 24-hour standard deviation (SD24), the awake and asleep weighted standard deviation (SDdn), and the 24-hour average real variability (ARV24). Data were analyzed by mixed two-way ANOVAs, considering P<0.05 as significant. Results: After 12 weeks, neither group had significant changes in 24-hour, awake and sleep BPs. The WT decreased systolic and mean BP variabilities (Systolic BP – 13.3±2.8 vs 11.8±2.3, 12.1±2.84 vs 10.7±2.5 and 9.4±2.3 vs 8.8±2.2 mmHg); Mean BP – 11.0±1.7 vs 10.4±1.9, 10.1±1.6 vs 9.1±1.7 and 8.0.±1.7 vs 7.2±1.5 mmHg for SD24, SDdn and ARV24, respectively). Neither group had significant changes in diastolic BP variabilities after 12 weeks. Conclusion: The WT does not change ambulatory BP levels but decreases ambulatory BP variability in patients with PAD. This improvement may have a favorable impact on the cardiovascular risk of patients with symptomatic PAD.

Item ID: 70032
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1678-4170
Keywords: Blood Pressure, Blood Pressure Monitoring Ambulatory, Endurance Training, Intermittent Claudication, Muscle Weakness, Walking
Copyright Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 23:55
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 70%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3201 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology > 320101 Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200105 Treatment of human diseases and conditions @ 100%
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