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Circulating white blood cells affect red cell pulmonary transit times in endurance athletes during intense exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12048321     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the right-to-left ventricular red cell pulmonary transit times (PTT) during intense exercise and circulating white blood cell (WBC) counts in highly trained endurance athletes. We postulated that high levels of WBCs preexercise would slow PTT. Eleven endurance-trained athletes (VO2max = 69.6 +/- 7.7; weight = 75.0 +/- 6.2 kg; height = 181.0 +/- 7.1 cm) performed 6.5 min constant-load, near-maximal cycling exercise (approximately 92% VO2max) on two different days. Preexercise WBC counts were measured in arterial blood drawn from the radial artery 30 min before exercise. PTT was measured during the 3rd min of exercise by first-pass radionuclide cardiography using centroid and deconvolution analysis, whereas cardiac output (Q) was measured during the last 2.5 min of exercise via a count-based ratio method from the MUGA technique. RESULTS: Combined mean PTT from both deconvolution and centroid analysis at minute three of exercise was 2.45 +/- 0.21 s, whereas the preexercise WBC count was 5.3 +/- 1.6 x 109.L-1. Cardiopulmonary blood volume at minute three of exercise was 1.22 +/- 0.13 L, VO2 was 4.58 +/- 0.44 L.min-1, and Q was 30.2 +/- 4.2 L.min-1. We found that PTT was negatively correlated with circulating WBC (r = -0.61; adjusted r2 = 0.30; P = 0.04; N = 11) but not with the dispersion (spread) of transit times around the mean (r = 0.19; P = 0.57). CONCLUSION: This suggests that athletes with higher circulating numbers of WBCs preexercise have faster (shorter) red cell transit times through the lung during intense exercise.
Gerald S Zavorsky; Stephan F Van Eeden; Keith R Walley; James A Russell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-05     Completed Date:  2002-07-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  954-9     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Output / physiology
Erythrocytes / physiology*
Exercise / physiology*
Leukocytes / metabolism*
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Endurance / physiology*
Pulmonary Circulation / physiology*
Rest / physiology
Sports / physiology*
Stroke Volume / physiology

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