Too few docs suggest exercise for blood pressure, report shows

September 26, 2008 2:22:11 PM PDT
It's a prescription more doctors may need to give out. Results of a government health survey show too few doctors are prescribing exercise for blood pressure. According to the report in the journal Ethnicity and Disease, only one-third of hypertension patients claim their doctors recommended exercise. But, of those who did get the advice, 71 percent followed it.

The results: Most had lower blood pressure then their counterparts who remained inactive.

Researchers point out other studies have found that exercise does cut elevated blood pressure, even in the absence of weight loss.