January 29, 1973

Isometrics in Lowering Blood Pressure

Author Affiliations

New York Infirmary New York

JAMA. 1973;223(5):559. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220050059030

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To the Editor.—  The EDITORIAL "Hypertension: A "Neglected Phenomenon" (222:579,1972), based on the report by Schoenberger et al states that "these findings indicate that the control of hypertension is an unsolved problem in the United States. There is an urgent need for implementing improved and effective approaches to this major health problem."In the SPECIAL COMMUNICATION "Current Status of Hypertension Control in an Industrial Population," in the same issue by the same author (p 559), attention was given only to the use of hypertension drugs in treating persons with hypertension.Evidence for an effective physical method for treating hypertension, by brief, maximal, extensive isometric exercise has been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (December 1971). It was demonstrated that blood pressure was reduced in four to eight weeks after the initiation of a regimen of isometric exercises. In further investigation of the reason for the reduction, it