Date of Award

5-10-2001

Degree Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Field of Study

Biomedical Sciences

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Michael L. Smith

Second Advisor

Robert L. Kaman

Third Advisor

Thomas Yorio

Abstract

Carter, III Robert, Thermoregulatory and nonthermoregulatory control of arterial pressure during recovery from exercise in humans. Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Sciences). May 2001; 153p; 4 tables, 17 figures; 100 titles. The mechanisms of arterial blood pressure control during exercise is well established; however, much less is known about the regulation of arterial blood pressure immediately after intense or prolonged dynamic exercise. Inactive recovery from dynamic exercise is associated with cessation of the primary exercise stimuli from the brain (central command), Skeletal muscle pumping, which contributes to increases in venous return during exercise is also stopped during inactive recovery from exercise. Thus, the skeletal muscle pump and central command each contribute importantly to elevation and maintenance of arterial blood pressure regulation and cerebral blood flow during exercise. When exercise is intense and/or prolonged, the resulting thermal load exacerbates the challenge to maintain arterial blood pressure and cerebral blood flow both during exercise and particularly during recovery from exercise and thereby increases the risk of syncope. Recently, we found that the skeletal muscle pump plays a major role in arterial blood pressure control during recovery from brief (3 min), mild (60% of maximal HR) exercise in which there was no thermal load. However, how the mechanisms of arterial pressure regulation operate during recovery from intense or prolonged exercise when a thermal load occurs is unknown. Therefore, the purpose of the investigations described herein, was to quantify the mechanisms of the carotid baroreflex function, central command, and the skeletal muscle pump when a thermal stress occurs on arterial blood pressure regulation during recovery from exercise in humans. In addition, differences in arterial blood pressure regulation in women and men during recovery from exercise were addressed in women and men. To investigate these mechanisms, we investigated the carotid-cardiac baroreflex function, cardiovascular, and thermoregulatory responses in volunteer subjects during inactive and active recovery from prolonged exercise improved the function of the baroreflex by increasing the functional reserve of the reflex to buffer against hypotensive stimuli. Our data also suggest that thermoregulatory factors contribute to decreases in MAP after inactive recovery from exercise. In addition, the metabolic state of skeletal muscle during longer duration exercise (15 min) may contribute to these responses during inactive recovery from exercise. These results support the hypothesis that thermal stress contributes to the rapid decreases in arterial blood pressure during inactive recovery following dynamic exercise. To investigate gender differences in arterial pressure regulation during recovery from exercise, we compared 11 women and 8 men during 3 min of exercise and 5 min of inactive and active recovery from exercise. Interestingly, at 1 minute after exercise, MAP decreased less during inactive recovery in men when compared to women. This difference was due to greater decreases in SV and less increase in TPR during inactive recovery from exercise in women compared to men. MAP decreased less during active recovery in men when compared to women. These findings suggest that women may have increased risk of post-exercise orthostatic hypotension and that active recovery from exercise may reduce this risk.

Comments

Carter, III Robert, Thermoregulatory and nonthermoregulatory control of arterial pressure during recovery from exercise in humans. Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Sciences). May 2001; 153p; 4 tables, 17 figures; 100 titles.

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