Heart rate recovery after physical exertion tests in elderly hypertensive patients undergoing resistance training

Murillo Jales Lins de Lira, Ivan Daniel Bezerra Nogueira, Juliana Fernandes de Souza, Flávio Emanoel Souza de Melo, Ingrid Guerra Azevedo, Patrícia Angélica de Miranda Silva Nogueira

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Introduction: Heart rate recovery after exercise is a valuable variable, associated with prognosis and it has been used as an indicator of cardiorespiratory fitness, especially in patients with heart disease, as hypertensive patients. Objective: This study aimed to analyze the response of heart rate recovery in elderly hypertensive patients undergoing a resistance training program. Methods: Sample was composed for 10 elderly women with a mean age of 70.7 ± 7.4 years. Exercise test and six-minute walk test were developed and we checked heart rate recovery in the 1st and 2nd minute post tests, before and after resistance training. Results: There was an increase in mean heart rate recovery in the analyzed minutes in both tests, but only in the 1st minute after six minutes walk test we found a significant increase (p = 0.02). Conclusion: The results suggest the efficacy of resistance training to improve cardiorespiratory fitness of elderly hypertensive patients.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/0103-5150.029.001.AO05

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