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ASSA13-14-17 Effects of Tai Chi Exercises on Vascular Function in Middle-Aged and Elderly Women with Hypertension Symptom
  1. Sun Junzhi1,2,
  2. Zhang Yihong1
  1. 1Institute of Sports Medicine and Health, Chengdu Sport University, Sichuan, China
  2. 2Graduate School of Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China


Objectives To observe the effect of Tai Chi Exercises for middle-aged and Elderly Women hyperpietic patients.

Methods Twenty-five female hyperpietic patients aged between 50 and 60(58.9 ± 4.8 years) are in accordance with the accepting criteria. They are confirmed patients affected with below level-2 hypertension. They practise 40-posture Tai Chi according to the training programme. The exercise time is 60 minute with 5 times per week, lasting 24 weeks. To measure blood pressure, pulse wave velocity (PWV) and ankle brachial pressure index (ABI).

Results Systolic pressure and diastolic pressure decrease obviously after 24-week exercise (P < 0.05). And both the left and right-side PWV decrease significantly (P < 0.05). However, there are no significant differences of left and right-side ABI (P > 0.05).

Conclusions 24-week Tai Chi Exercises was contributed to decrease blood pressure and improve the artery function of middle-aged and elderly female hyperpietic patients. However, the further expanded studies are expected.

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