German research suggests that physical exercise appears to decrease blood pressure (BP) even among patients considered to have resistant hypertension. The study, which initiated an intervention of 8 to 12 weeks of treadmill exercising, demonstrated that systolic and diastolic daytime ambulatory BP decreased significantly among exercisers. Regular exercise also reduced BP on exertion and increased physical performance, without changing arterial compliance and cardiac index.

Abstract: Hypertension, September 2012.