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Stair Climbing & Arterial Stiffness in Menopause

Menopause; ePub 2018 Feb 12; Wong, et al

Stair climbing (SC) led to reductions in arterial stiffness, blood pressure (BP), and increases in leg strength in stage 2 hypertensive postmenopausal women, according to a recent study. Participants were randomly assigned to either stair climbing (n=21) or nonexercising control group (n=20) for 12 weeks. Those in the SC group trained 4 days per week, climbing 192 steps 2 to 5 times per day. Participants’ brachial-to-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV), BP, and leg strength were measured at baseline and after 12 weeks of assigned intervention. Researchers found:

  • After SC, there was a significant group by time interaction for baPWV, and systolic BP (SBP) which significantly decreased, and leg strength which significantly increases, with no changes in the control.
  • SC may be an effective intervention in the prevention and treatment of menopause/aging-related vascular complications and muscle weakness.


Wong A, Figueroa A, Son W-M, Chernykh O, Park S-Y. The effects of stair climbing on arterial stiffness, blood pressure, and leg strength in postmenopausal women with stage 2 hypertension. [Published online ahead of print February 12, 2018]. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000001072.