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Type: Journal article
Title: Voluntary exercise does not affect stress-induced tachycardia, but improves resistance to cardiac arrhythmias in rats
Author: Beig, M.
Callister, R.
Saint, D.
Bondarenko, E.
Walker, F.
Day, T.
Nalivaiko, E.
Citation: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 2011; 38(1):19-26
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0305-1870
1440-1681
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Mirza I Beig, Robin Callister, David A Saint, Eugene Bondarenko, Frederick R Walker, Trevor A Day and Eugene Nalivaiko
Abstract: 1. It is currently unknown whether long-term voluntary exercise has enduring cardioprotective effects in animal models. 2. The present study was conducted in three groups of rats: (i) sedentary controls (n = 6); (ii) 24 h runners (n = 8; unlimited access to running wheels); and (iii) 2 h runners (n = 8; access to running wheels limited to 2 h daily). After termination of the 6 week exercise protocol, all rats were implanted with the telemetric electrocardiogram transmitters and were studied 1 week later. 3. Resting heart rate (HR) values in the control rats, 24 h runners and 2 h runners were 372 ± 7, 361 ± 9 and 298 ± 5 b.p.m., respectively (P < 0.05 for 2 h runners vs controls). The high-frequency spectral power in the control rats, 24 h runners and 2 h runners was 3.9 ± 0.2, 4.3 ± 0.3 and 5.3 ± 0.3 s², respectively (P < 0.05 for 2 h runners vs controls), whereas intrinsic HR was 383 ± 3, 377 ± 2 and 346 ± 3 b.p.m., respectively (P < 0.001 for 2 h runners vs controls). Restraint stress provoked tachycardia of similar magnitude in all groups. 4. After completion of telemetric studies, haemodynamic indices and susceptibility to cardiac arrhythmias were assessed in anaesthetized animals, there were no major between-group differences in HR, arterial pressure, contractility indices or sensitivity to β-adrenoceptor stimulation (dobutamine) or blockade (atenolol). The effective refractory period in the control rats, 24 h runners and 2 h runners was 49 ± 2, 55 ± 2 and 60 ± 4 ms, respectively (P = 0.054 for 2 h runners vs controls). A significantly higher dose of aconitine was required to provoke ventricular arrhythmias in the 24 h and 2 h running groups compared with controls (489 ± 76, 505 ± 88 and 173 ± 33 μg, respectively; P < 0.05). 5. We conclude that, in rats, long-term voluntary exercise has enduring cardioprotective effects mediated at the level of both the central nervous system and the heart.
Keywords: heart rate; stress; ventricular arrhythmia; voluntary exercise.
Rights: © 2010 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
RMID: 0020102323
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1681.2010.05456.x
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