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High Blood Pressure = Low Walking Speed

High Blood Pressure Linked to Slower Walking Speeds in Seniors

walking Researchers have found a link between high blood pressure and a greater drop in average walking speeds in older adults, according to results from a new National Institutes of Health funded study.
The drop seems to occur even in study participants whose high blood pressure is successfully treated. Drastic changes in walking speed can impact a senior’s ability to remain independent and indicate
possible health problems.

The study examined the role of brain, heart, and kidney function in changes in seniors’ walking speeds over 14 years. Participating seniors, with an average age of 76 at the start of the study, who had high blood pressure, saw their average walking speeds decline 0.2 miles per hour more than seniors who did not have high blood pressure. The study appears in the March 2011 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

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