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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 913271, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Different Cardiovascular Responses to a Resistance Training Session in Hypertensive Women Receiving Propanolol Compared with Normotensive Controls

1Graduation Program in Exercise Physiology, Gama Filho University, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Department of Physiological Sciences, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, SP, Brazil
3Physical Education Post-Graduation Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4Graduate Program on Physical Education and Health, Catholic University of Brasilia, 71966-700 Brasilia, DF, Brazil

Received 15 October 2011; Accepted 21 December 2011

Academic Editor: Peng Chen

Copyright © 2012 Fabiano Moraes Miguel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of the present study was to compare the responses of blood pressure, heart rate, and rate-pressure product of hypertensive women using beta-blockers with healthy controls during resistance exercise (by the end of the concentric phase of the contractions) and in the postexercise period (5 and 30 minutes after). Ten untrained normotensive women (N) and 10 mildly hypertensive females receiving 40 mg/day of propanolol (H) were selected. Three sets of 10 repetitions at 80% of 10 repetitions maximum with 30 s rest interval were performed on the leg press exercise. The H group exhibited lower systolic blood pressure after the second set compared with N. Heart rate and rate-pressure product were lower in H in all analyzed periods compared with N. Propanolol attenuates the cardiovascular response to a leg press resistance exercise in mildly hypertensive women.