Carotid baroreflex regulation of sympathetic nerve activity during dynamic exercise in humans

P. J. Fadel, S. Ogoh, D. E. Watenpaugh, W. Wasmund, A. Olivencia-Yurvati, M. L. Smith, P. B. Raven

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We sought to determine whether carotid baroreflex (CBR) control of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) was altered during dynamic exercise. In five men and three women, 23.8 ± 0.7 (SE) yr of age, CBR function was evaluated at rest and during 20 min of arm cycling at 50% peak O2 uptake using 5-s periods of neck pressure and neck suction. From rest to steady-state arm cycling, mean arterial pressure (MAP) was significantly increased from 90.0 ± 2.7 to 118.7 ± 3.6 mmHg and MSNA burst frequency (microneurography at the peroneal nerve) was elevated by 51 ± 14% (P < 0.01). However, despite the marked increases in MAP and MSNA during exercise, CBR-Δ%MSNA responses elicited by the application of various levels of neck pressure and neck suction ranging from +45 to -80 Torr were not significantly different from those at rest. Furthermore, estimated baroreflex sensitivity for the control of MSNA at rest was the same as during exercise (P = 0.74) across the range of neck chamber pressures. Thus CBR control of sympathetic nerve activity appears to be preserved during moderate-intensity dynamic exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H1383-H1390
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number3 49-3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Arm exercise
  • Carotid baroreceptors
  • Mean arterial pressure
  • Neck pressure
  • Neck suction


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