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How do medications affect my health/fitness assessment?

Certain medications may alter your blood pressure and/or heart rate.  It is important for your health/fitness professional to be aware of any medications that you are taking because they may mask or create symptoms measured during testing.  A few examples and their effects are given below:
• Beta blockers (high blood pressure or arrhythmias): decrease Heart Rate (HR) and Blood Pressure (BP)
• Calcium channel blockers (hypertension or chest pain): various effects on HR, decrease BP
• Nitrates (hypertension, congestive heart failure): may increase HR, may decrease BP
• Diuretics (hypertension, congestive heart failure, peripheral edema): may decrease BP
• Vasodilators (hypertension, congestive heart failure): various effects on HR, decrease BP
• Antidepressants (psychiatric and emotional disorders): may increase HR, may decrease BP
Great question... If you are taking prescription medication(s) consult your physician first for medical clearance. Have your physician review the side effects, if any, that may interfere with exercise in general and/or fitness assessments. Keep in mind, medications can effect your blood pressure, blood sugar or insulin levels and your heart to name a few. Some side effects include shortness of breath, vertigo, headache or nausea. I hope this helps and have fun!

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