Arterial occlusion pressure as a method to quantify cardiovascular responses to exercise

Matthew B. Jessee, Samuel L. Buckner, Scott J. Dankel, Kevin T. Mattocks, Zachary W. Bell, Takashi Abe, Jeremy P. Loenneke

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The purpose was to compare unilateral exercise-induced changes in arterial occlusion pressure between the exercising and non-exercising arm. Participants had arterial occlusion pressure measured before and after exercise in: both arms simultaneously (Double AOP), the exercise limb only (Exercise AOP), and the non-exercise limb only (Non-exercise AOP). The blood flow restriction exercise protocol included four sets of biceps curls to failure in the dominant arm using 30% of one-repetition maximum and applying 40% of pre-exercise arterial occlusion pressure using a 5 cm nylon cuff. The change in arterial occlusion pressure from pre to post-exercise did not differ between the exercise limb [mean change (95%CI) = 27 (20, 33) mmHg] and non-exercise limb [mean change (95%CI) = 24 (18, 31) mmHg] during Double AOP (p=.325). When comparing the changes observed for each arm during Double AOP to their respective control conditions, there were no differences for the exercising arm [p = .554, mean change (95%CI) of Exercise AOP = 28 (20, 33) mmHg] or the non-exercise arm [p = .147, mean change (95%CI) of Non-exercise AOP = 18 (13, 23) mmHg]. The cardiovascular response to blood flow restriction, as measured by arterial occlusion pressure changes does not seem to be limb specific during unilateral exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number065034
JournalBiomedical Physics and Engineering Express
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 29 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Nursing


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