Carotid artery reactivity during sympathetic activation following acute resistance exercise

Kevin S. Heffernan, Wesley K. Lefferts, Eun Sun Yoon, Soo Hyun Park, Yong Hee Lee, Sae Young Jae

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Objective: Acute resistance exercise has been shown to reduce brachial endothelial function. Whether there are concomitant reductions in carotid endothelial function remains unexplored. Methods: Cold pressor test–mediated vasodilation of the carotid artery was used to assess carotid endothelial function in 15 young and healthy participants (age 26 ± 1 years, body mass index 24 ± 1 kg/m 2 ) after acute resistance exercise or an inactive time control condition. Results: Acute resistance exercise had no effect on the cold pressor test–mediated vasodilation compared to time control (5.8 ± 0.8 vs 6.2 ± 0.9% dilation, p > 0.05). Interpretation: Carotid endothelial function may not be compromised following acute resistance exercise in young healthy adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Autonomic Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Blood pressure
  • Carotid artery
  • Resistance exercise
  • Vascular function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology


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