Exercise blood pressure and the risk for future hypertension among normotensive middle-aged adults

Assaf Berger*, Grossman Ehud, Moshe Katz, Shaye Kivity, Robert Klempfner, Shlomo Segev, Ilan Goldenberg, Yehezkel Sidi, Elad Maor

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Background-The aim of the present study was to examine whether exercise blood pressure can be used to predict the development of hypertension in normotensive middle-aged adults. Methods and Results-We investigated 7082 normotensive subjects who were annually screened in a tertiary medical center and completed maximal treadmill exercise tests at each visit. After the initial 3 years, subjects were divided into approximate quartiles according to their average exercise systolic and diastolic blood pressure responses (≤158; 158 to 170; 170 to 183; =183 mm Hg for systolic blood pressure and ≤73; 73 to 77; 77 to 82; ≥82 mm Hg for diastolic blood pressure). Mean age of the study population was 48±9 years and 73% were men. Average baseline resting blood pressure was 120/7712/7 mm Hg. During a follow-up of 5±3 years, 1036 (14.6%) subjects developed hypertension. The cumulative probability of new-onset hypertension at 5 years was significantly increased with increasing quartiles of exercise systolic blood pressure (5%, 9%, 17%, and 35%, respectively; P<0.001), with a similar association shown for diastolic blood pressure. After adjustment for baseline resting blood pressure and clinical parameters, each 5-mm Hg increments in exercise either systolic or diastolic blood pressures were independently associated with respective 11% (P<0.001) and 30% (P<0.001) increased risk for the development of hypertension. Conclusions-In normotensive middle-aged individuals, blood pressure response to exercise is associated with future development of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001710
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


  • Diastolic blood pressure
  • Exercise
  • Hypertension
  • Systolic blood pressure


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