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Effect of strength training on orthostatic hypotension in older adults.
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PMID:  9702609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This preliminary study attempted to identify the frequency of orthostatic hypotension (OH) in community dwelling older adults who volunteered to participate in an 8-week, heavy-resistance, strength-training program. It also assessed the effect of the strength-training program on OH. METHODS: From a larger study (n = 53) on high-resistance strength training in older adults (mean age 71.4 +/- 6.6 years), a subset of subjects (n = 24), mean age 71.0 +/- 5.8 years, was evaluated who met at least one criterion for OH. All subjects were tested for resting blood pressures (BP) and heart rates (HR) in the supine, sitting, and standing positions. Also noted was their response to orthostatism in rising from a cot after 10 minutes and rising from a chair after 5 minutes. The subset was not different from the overall group in gender ratio, age, or effect of medication on BP. The treatment was an 8-week strength-training program at 80% of their one repetition maximum. RESULTS: Significant changes (P < 0.05) were shown in supine diastolic BP (+3.2 mm Hg), sitting systolic BP (-3.9), and standing HR (+4.9 beats per minute). In response to the orthostatic challenge, significant (P < 0.05) improvements were shown in systolic BP (+9.7 mm Hg), diastolic BP (+4.7), and HR (+3.2 beats per minute) for the rise from chair, and in diastolic BP (+6.7 mm Hg) rise from the cot. CONCLUSIONS: These data show that OH is not uncommon (45%) in community dwelling older adults. A strength training program in older adults has little effect on resting BP, but elicits a positive adaptation to an orthostatic challenge.
L R Brilla; A B Stephens; K M Knutzen; D Caine
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0883-9212     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Publication Date:    1998 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-19     Completed Date:  1998-10-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511296     Medline TA:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  295-300     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9067, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology
Exercise Therapy*
Hypotension, Orthostatic / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  rehabilitation*
Time Factors

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