Cerebral hemodynamic reaction to physical exercise of moderate intensity

V. P. Kulikov, K. K. Gatal'skiǐ, N. L. Doronina, I. A. Kisarova, P. A. Sukhovershin

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The aim of this research was to study the cerebral hemodynamic reaction to stepped increase of physical exercises during the bicycle ergometer test in 12 young healthy male patients. The starting value of exercise was 0.25 W/kg of the body weight, with the 0.25 W/kg increase at every subsequent step up to the value of 1.75 W/kg of the body weight. Hemodynamic parameters were registered with the Doppler ultrasonography of middle cerebral artery before the study, during the last 10 seconds of every step, and during the 3 minutes of restorative period with a 1-minute interval. The peak systolic blood flow increase in the middle cerebral artery was observed only as the result of low intensity exercises (0.25 W/kg of the body weight). The blood pressure (BP) restoration occurred by the end of the third minute of the rest, while the cerebral hemodynamic indices became normal during the first minute. The research revealed a correlation between increases of vascular resistance caused by physical exercises and the BP, and no correlation between increases of peak systolic blood flow and BP, which displays the phenomenon of cerebral circulation autoregulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalRossiǐskii fiziologicheskiǐ zhurnal imeni I.M. Sechenova / Rossiǐskaia akademiia nauk
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

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  • Physiology


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