Mechanisms and clinical implications of post-exercise hypotension in humans

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2001 Apr;29(2):65-70. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200104000-00005.


Post-exercise hypotension is common after moderate-intensity dynamic exercise. It results from persistent reductions in vascular resistance mediated by the autonomic nervous system and vasodilator substances. These effects appear more pronounced and last longer in hypertensive individuals. Post-exercise hypotension may also play an important role in plasma volume recovery after exercise.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Endothelium, Vascular / drug effects
  • Endothelium, Vascular / physiology
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Hypotension / physiopathology*
  • Vascular Resistance
  • Vasodilator Agents / pharmacology


  • Vasodilator Agents