Diastolic time during recovery from upright exercise in persons without heart disease

Tetsuro Sugiura, Toshiji Iwasaka, Yoshinori L. Doi, Bruce G. Haffty, Mitsuo Inada, David H. Spodick

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To assess the relation between heart rate and diastolic time (cardiac cycle minus electromechanical systole) during the recovery period from upright exercise, 12 normal volunteers were studied immediately after and 2 and 5 minutes after exercise in the upright position. Although heart rate was significantly lower at 5 minutes compared with 2 minutes after exercise (106 vs 116 beats/min), there was significant shortening of diastolic time (from 251 to 230 ms) and total diastolc per minute (from 28,634 to 24,220 ms/min). The explanation of this phenomenon appears to be disproportionate lengthening of diastolic time at 2 minutes after exercise, which must represent physiologic response due to increased left ventricular filling as well as continuing adrenergic effects, which would be diminished at 5 minutes. This lengthening of diastolic time also would maintain decreased subendocardial blood flow caused by increased end-diastolic volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-170
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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