Heart rate variability and exercise in aging women


Earnest, C. P., Blair, S. N. and Church, T. S., 2012. Heart rate variability and exercise in aging women. Journal of Women's Health, 21 (3), pp. 334-339.

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Abstract Background: Our group has shown a positive dose-response in maximal cardiorespiratory exercise capacity (VO(2max)) and heart rate variability (HRV) to 6 months of exercise training but no improvement in VO(2max) for women >/=60 years. Here, we examine the HRV response to exercise training in postmenopausal women younger and older than 60 years. Methods: We examined 365 sedentary, overweight, hypertensive, postmenopausal women randomly assigned to sedentary control or exercise groups exercising at 50% (4 kcal/kg/week, [KKW]), 100% (8 KKW) and 150% (12 KKW) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Panel physical activity guidelines. Primary outcomes included time and frequency domain indices of HRV. Results: Overall, our analysis demonstrated a significant improvement in parasympathetic tone (rMSSD and high frequency power) for both age strata at 8 KKW and 12 KKW. For rMSSD, the age-stratified responses were: control,


Item Type Articles
CreatorsEarnest, C. P., Blair, S. N. and Church, T. S.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
ID Code29920
Additional InformationEarnest, Conrad P Blair, Steven N Church, Timothy S 2002 J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Mar;21(3):334-9. Epub 2011 Oct 3. Exercise and Health


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