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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine