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Volume 32, Nº 1, January and February 2019


DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.5935/ijcs.2359-4802.20180084


Hypotensive Response to Continuous Aerobic and High-Intensity Interval Exercise Matched by Volume in Sedentary Subjects

Francesco Pinto Boeno

Thiago Rozales Ramis

Juliano Boufleur Farinha

Cesar Moritz

Vagner Pereira dos Santos

Alvaro Reischak de Oliveira

Bruno Costa Teixeira


Background: Systemic arterial hypertension (SAH) is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Among the benefits linked to different modalities of physical exercise, post-exercise hypotension (PEH) is a key point for exercise prescription in this condition. Objective: To investigate and compare PEH in response to continuous aerobic exercise (CONT) and high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE), matched by volume, in sedentary individuals.

Methods: A randomized cross-over study, composed of sedentary, healthy male subjects submitted to two acute physical exercise protocols matched by volume, HIIE and CONT, on a treadmill. Hemodynamic measures for the evaluation of PEH were performed pre, immediately after exercise and every five minutes thereafter, during one hour of recovery. Two-way ANOVA with repeated measurements was used for comparisons between groups and Bonferroni post hoc test as appropriate. P < 0.05 was considered significant.

Results: Both exercise protocols promoted significant PEH, with reductions in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and mean arterial pressure (MAP). HIIE promoted a reduction of SBP and MAP at the 15th minute, whereas the same effect was observed at the 30th following CONT.

Conclusion: Both HIIE and CONT, matched by volume, promote PEH of similar magnitude. However, PEH occurs earlier following HIIE, suggesting a better time / effectiveness ratio, and an additional beneficial effect of this modality. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2019;32(1)48-54)

Keywords: Hypertension/physiopathology; Cardiomegaly; Sedentarism; Adherence Guidelines; Blood Pressure; Post –Exercise hypotension; Exercise; High-Intensity Interval Exercise.