Transient increase in femoral arterial blood flow to the contralateral non-exercising limb during one-legged exercise

Mutsuko Yoshizawa, Shizuyo Shimizu-Okuyama, Atsuko Kagaya

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Abstract

We studied the effect of exercise intensity and duration on blood flow to the non-exercising leg during one-legged dynamic knee extension. Femoral arterial blood flow (FBF) to the non-exercising leg, blood pressure (BP), and heart rate (HR) were monitored during one-legged dynamic knee extension exercise at 15, 30, and 45% maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) in seven healthy females. There was an interaction between exercise intensity and duration for FBF and FVC (P < 0.01). During the initial phase of contralateral leg exercise at all intensities, FBF and femoral vascular conductance (FVC) of non-exercising leg increased, and the increase was larger at higher intensities (P < 0.01). After initial vasodilatation, FBF and FVC decreased to baseline, which suggests the vasoconstriction. However, FBF and FVC gradually increased during exercise at 15% MVC. We conclude that transient vasodilatation at the onset of exercise is followed by gradual change to vasoconstriction in non-exercising limb during dynamic one-legged exercise and these changes are exercise intensity- and duration-dependent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-514
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Volume103
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul

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Extremities
Blood Vessels
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Knee
Heart Rate
Blood Pressure

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Exercise duration
  • Exercise intensity
  • Heart rate
  • Ultrasound Doppler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physiology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Transient increase in femoral arterial blood flow to the contralateral non-exercising limb during one-legged exercise. / Yoshizawa, Mutsuko; Shimizu-Okuyama, Shizuyo; Kagaya, Atsuko.

In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, Vol. 103, No. 5, 07.2008, p. 509-514.

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