Scientific article

Cardiovascular re-adjustments and baroreflex response during clinical reambulation procedure at the end of 35-day bed rest in humans

Published inApplied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism, vol. 38, no. 6, p. 673-680
Publication date2013

During the reambulation procedure after 35-day head-down tilt bed rest (HDTBR) for 9 men, we recorded for the first time heart rate (HR; with electrocardiogram) and arterial pressure profiles (fingertip plethysmography) for 5 min in HDTBR and horizontal (SUP) positions, followed by 12 min in standing position, during which 4 subjects fainted (intolerant, INT) and were laid horizontal again (Recovery). We computed: mean arterial pressure (P̄; pressure profiles integral mean), stroke volume (SV; obtained with Modelflow method), and cardiac output (Q̇; SV × HR). All cardiovascular data remained stable in HDTBR and SUP for both groups (EXP). Taking the upright posture, EXP showed a decrease in SV and an increase in HR, becoming significantly different from SUP within 1 min. Further evolution of these parameters kept Q̇ stable in both groups until the second minute of standing. Afterward, in INT, P̄ precipitated without further HR increases: SV stopped being corrected and Q̇ reached 2.9 ± 0.4 L·min(-1) at the last 15 s of standing. Sudden drop in P̄ allowed identification of a low-pressure threshold in INT (70.7 ± 12.9 mm Hg), after which syncope occurred within 80 s. During Recovery, baroreflex curves showed a flat phase (P̄ increase, HR stable), followed by a steep phase (P̄ increased, HR decreased, starting when P̄ was 84.5 ± 12.5 mm Hg and Q̇ was 9.6 ± 1.5 L·min(-1)). INT, in contrast with tolerant subjects, did not sustain standing because HR was unable to correct for the P̄ drop. These results indicate a major role for impaired arterial baroreflexes in the onset of orthostatic intolerance.

  • Baroreflex
  • Bed Rest
  • Cardiac Output
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
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ADAMI, Alessandra et al. Cardiovascular re-adjustments and baroreflex response during clinical reambulation procedure at the end of 35-day bed rest in humans. In: Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism, 2013, vol. 38, n° 6, p. 673–680. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2012-0396
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