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Is Exercise More Important Than Ever for Heart Health?

March 5th, 2019


Exercise has always been linked to decreasing your risk for heart disease. In fact, low levels of physical activity is one of the major risk factors. For many with high blood pressure, though, starting a regular exercise regimen may lower blood pressure to significant levels similar to taking some of the leading hypertension medications.

During a recent study, researchers on heart health looked at random trials to determine the effects of blood pressure medication and, separately, exercise. Overall, the results surprisingly found that both lowered blood pressure to similar levels, approximately 9mmHg (millimeters of mercury).

"The results are not surprising and this concept is not new," said Good Samaritan Cardiologist Adrienne Camesas, MD. "Exercise has long been connected to better heart health by reducing other risk factors such as obesity, high cholesterol, control of blood sugar and body fat. Continued studies and research to promote this will hopefully encourage more people to get off the couch and get on their feet and move."

More studies are underway to fully determine the direct relationship to exercise and medications that reduce hypertension. In addition, future research will be looking at which exercises (cardio or strength training) and intensities are most effective.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

In addition, Good Samaritan has been recognized for the following clinical achievements in cardiology:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2019
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Intervention Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019)
  • 2019 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award
  • 2019 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award

To learn more about heart disease, visit or contact a heart health expert at (631) 376-4444.