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Cold exposure attenuates post exercise cardiovagal reactivation and sympathetic withdrawal

  • Marcos A. Sanchez-Gonzalez
    Corresponding author at: Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, The Florida State University, 1115 W Call Street BMS 2300-24, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA. Tel.: +1 850 559 7676; fax: +1 850 644 5781.
    Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

    Department of Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences, College of Human Sciences, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
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  • Arturo Figueroa
    Department of Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences, College of Human Sciences, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
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      In a crossover design we investigated cardiac autonomic responses (heart rate variability, HRV) to isometric handgrip exercise (IHG) in cold (4 °C) and temperate (24 °C, temp) conditions in 20 men that assumed the supine position for 30 min in an environmental chamber. After a 5 min rest, subjects performed 3 min of IHG followed by a 3 min recovery period (REC). During REC, the low frequency of HRV was lower while the high frequency and the square root of the mean squared differences of successive NN intervals were higher (P<0.05) than the rest in the temp compared to a full recovery in the cold. In conclusion, recovery from concurrent cold exposure and exercise impairs cardiovagal modulation which may precipitate cardiac events.


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