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Exercise responses after altitude acclimatization are retained during reintroduction to altitude.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9432091     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Following 2 to 3 wk of altitude acclimatization, ventilation is increased and heart rate (HR), plasma volume (PV), and lactate accumulation ([La]) are decreased during submaximal exercise. The objective of this study was to determine whether some degree of these exercise responses associated with acclimatization would be retained upon reintroduction to altitude (RA) after 8 d at sea level (SL). Six male lowlanders (X +/- SE; 31 +/- 2 yr, 82.4 +/- 4.6 kg) exercised to exhaustion at the same relative percentages of peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) at SL, on acute altitude (AA) exposure, after a 16-d chronic altitude (CA) exposure on Pikes Peak (4,300 m), and during a 3- to 4-h RA in a hypobaric chamber (4,300 m; 446 mm Hg) after 8 d at SL. The submaximal exercise to exhaustion time (min) was the same at SL (66.0 +/- 1.6), AA (67.7 +/- 7.3), CA (79.9 +/- 6.2), and RA (67.9 +/- 1.9). At 75% VO2peak: (1) arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) increased from AA to CA (67.0 +/- 1.5 vs 78.5 +/- 1.8%; P < 0.05) and remained increased at RA (77.0 +/- 2.0%); (2) HR decreased from SL to CA (171 +/- 6 vs 152 +/- 9 beats x min-1; P < 0.05) and remained decreased at RA (157 +/- 5 beats x min-1); (3) calculated PV decreased 6.9 +/- 10.0% at AA, 21.3 +/- 11.1% at CA, and 16.7 +/- 5.4% at RA from SL baseline values, and (4) [La] decreased from AA to CA (5.1 +/- 0.9 vs 1.9 +/- 0.4 mmol x L-1; P < 0.05) and remained decreased at RA (2.6 +/- 0.6 mmol x L-1). Upon RA after 8 d at SL, the acclimatization responses were retained 92 +/- 9% for SaO2, 74 +/- 8% for PV, and 58 +/- 3% for [La] at 75% VO2peak. In conclusion, although submaximal exercise to exhaustion time is not improved upon reintroduction to altitude after 8 d at sea level, retention of beneficial exercise responses associated with altitude acclimatization is likely in individuals whose work, athletic competition, or recreation schedules involve intermittent sojourns to high elevations.
B A Beidleman; S R Muza; P B Rock; C S Fulco; T P Lyons; R W Hoyt; A Cymerman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-02-13     Completed Date:  1998-02-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1588-95     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA 07160, USA. BBEIDLEMAN@NATICK-CCMAIL.ARMY.MIL
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MeSH Terms
Acclimatization / physiology*
Exercise / physiology*
Heart Rate
Lactic Acid / blood
Oxygen Consumption
Reg. No./Substance:
50-21-5/Lactic Acid

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