Muscle strength and pressor response

Joaquin Gonzales, Benjamin C. Thompson, John R. Thistlethwaite, Allison J. Harper, Barry W. Scheuermann

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The purpose of this study was to determine if muscle strength influences the hyperemic response to dynamic exercise. Men with low (n=8) and high (n=9) maximal forearm strength performed dynamic handgrip exercise as the same absolute workload increased in a ramp function (0.5 kg x min (-1)). Forearm blood flow (FBF) was measured instantaneously by ultrasound Doppler and blood pressure was measured by auscultation. The pressor response to exercise was greater (P<0.05) for low strength men at workloads >1.5 kg allowing volumetric FBF (ml x min (-1)) and vascular conductance to increase in proportion to absolute workload similar to high strength men. When FBF was expressed relative to forearm volume (ml x min (-1).100 ml (-1)) the hyperemic response to exercise (slope of relative FBF vs. workload) was greater in low strength men (3.2+/-1.5 vs. 1.7+/-0.4 ml x min (-1).100 ml (-1) x kg (-1), P<0.05) as was relative FBF at workloads >1.5 kg. However, when relative FBF was compared across rel
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-324
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
StatePublished - Feb 6 2009

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