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Left ventricular contractile function is preserved during prolonged exercise in middle-aged men.
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PMID:  19036893     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examined left ventricular (LV) performance before, during, and following prolonged exercise (EX) in 12 healthy middle-aged men [means +/- SE: age = 43.5 +/- 1.9 yr; maximal O(2) uptake (Vo(2max)) = 51.7 +/- 1.5]. Subjects cycled for 120 min at 65% Vo(2max) (75% of maximal heart rate). Two-dimensional echocardiography (ECHO) to determine tissue-Doppler longitudinal myocardial strain and strain rate, LV ejection fraction (EF), end-diastolic (EDV), end-systolic (ESV), and stroke volume (SV) at baseline and after 5, 30, and 120 min of EX and following 30 min of recovery. In addition, hematocrit and plasma norepinephrine (NE) were measured. From baseline to 5 min of EX, there were significant increases in LV longitudinal strain (-23.20 +/- 0.87 to -27.63 +/- 1.07%; P < 0.01), strain rate (-1.50 +/- 0.15 to -2.08 +/- 0.14 s(-1); P < 0.01), and EF (56.3 +/- 2.2 to 77.1 +/- 1.0%; P < 0.05) with continued increases by both at 30 min of exercise vs. SV, EDV, and ESV, which remained constant. After 120 min of EX, HR and NE increased further with reductions in SV, cardiac output, and systolic blood pressure without changes in strain or strain rate. EDV decreased after 120 min of EX (-9.2- vs. 30-min value; P = 0.05) along with a hemoconcentration (baseline = 41.3 +/- 1.0 vs. EX = 45.1 +/- 1.2%; P < 0001) and significant reduction in body mass despite a mean fluid consumption of 1.8 +/- 0.2 liters throughout EX. After 30 min of recovery, LV longitudinal strain was depressed relative to baseline (-23.20 +/- 0.87 to -19.57 +/- 1.21%; P < 0.01). The reduction in LV SV during prolonged EX occurred without changes in the LV contractile state and is likely secondary to reduced LV preload. A reduction in LV contractility despite a reduced afterload following exercise may be due to factors unique to the recovery period and do not appear to contribute to a reduction in SV during prolonged exercise.
Jack M Goodman; Gian-Marco Busato; Elizabeth Frey; Zion Sasson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)     Volume:  106     ISSN:  8750-7587     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Physiol.     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-06     Completed Date:  2009-03-12     Revised Date:  2013-09-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502536     Medline TA:  J Appl Physiol (1985)     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  494-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2W6.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Cardiac Output
Echocardiography, Doppler
Heart Ventricles / ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Myocardial Contraction*
Norepinephrine / blood
Oxygen Consumption
Recovery of Function
Stroke Volume
Time Factors
Ventricular Function, Left*
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