Athletes with high Blood Pressure; consider ARBs?

The Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) is a peptidergic system that possesses endocrine characteristics. Renin is secreted by juxtaglomerular cells of the kidneys, mostly in response to reduced renal blood flow (Schleich, Smoot, & Erstnt, 2016). Sodium depletion and direct adrenergic stimulation can also produce renin release. Angiotensin II is a key regulator of blood pressure and cardiovascular function in mammals. The conversion of angiotensin into its active form, is carried out by Angiotensin I-Converting Enzyme (ACE). The measurement of ACE concentration in plasma or serum, its enzymatic activity, and the correlation between an insertion/deletion genetic polymorphism of the ACE gene have been investigated as possible indicators of superior athletic performance in humans (Garlipp, Siqueira, Crescente, Jaegar, & Leiria, 2016). There are many complex components to being an athlete and/or living a healthy lifestyle. It is important to stay on top of your health, and make sure that you are being monitored by a medical provider, who has experience and knowledge in how different physiological systems work in the body and most specifically in active bodies. So call today and make an appointment to see Dr. Carfagno to evaluate your true athletic potential. At SSMI they have many different tests and tools for evaluation to help you perform at your best. Come in and see what the team can offer you!


Garlipp, D. C., Siqueira, O. D., Crescente, L. A. B., Jaeger, D. B., & Leiria, T. L. L. (2016). Comparison between Age-Predicted and Measured Maximal Heart Rate in Professional Soccer Athletes. International Journal of Sports Science, 6(6), 215-218.


Schleich, K. T., Smoot, M. K., & Ernst, M. E. (2016). Hypertension in Athletes and Active Populations. Current hypertension reports, 18(11), 77.