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Squatting test: a dynamic postural manoeuvre to study baroreflex sensitivity.
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PMID:  21845435     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: Squatting is an active posture test that can be used to assess baroreflex sensitivity. Indeed, the shift from squatting to standing imposes a major orthostatic stress leading to rapid and large changes in arterial blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) allowing precise baroreflex assessment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: BP and HR can be continuously and non-invasively monitored with a Finapres device. RESULTS: The standing to squatting transition is accompanied by rises in BP, pulse pressure and cardiac output, mainly due to increased venous return, and by a secondary reduction in HR. Conversely, the squatting to standing transition is associated with an immediate drop in BP and both reflex tachycardia and vasoconstriction. This mirror changes in BP and HR, mimicking those observed with the classical pharmacological approach using vasopressor/vasodilating agents, allows the calculation of the so-called baroreflex gain. DISCUSSION: The present review describes the haemodynamic changes occurring in normal subjects during the shifts from standing to squatting and from squatting to standing and discusses the underlying cardiovascular and autonomic mechanisms. CONCLUSION: This careful analysis in healthy individuals should help in the understanding of disturbances that may be observed in patients with autonomic dysfunction, such as in diabetic patients with cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy.
André J Scheen; Jean-Christophe Philips
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical autonomic research : official journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1619-1560     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9106549     Medline TA:  Clin Auton Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Disorders, Department of Medicine, CHU Liège, University of Liège, CHU Sart Tilman (B35), 4000, Liège 1, Belgium,
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