Angell, Peter J. and Green, Daniel J. and Lord, Rachel and Gaze, David and Whyte, Greg and George, Keith P (2018) ACUTE CARDIOVASCULAR RESPONSES TO RESISTANCE EXERCISE IN ANABOLIC STEROIDS USERS: A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION. Science & Sports, 33 (6). pp. 339-346. ISSN 0765-1597

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Objectives Anabolic steroid (AS) use has increased in recent years, but the cardiovascular consequences for users is not fully understood. Equipment and Methods Resistance trained males (AS=7, age=29±5; NAS=6, age=25±1 yrs) undertook a resistance exercise session with echocardiographic measures and cardiac biomarkers taken pre and post exercise (cTnI, NT-proBNP). Results A significant decrease in early diastolic tissue velocity (E’) (AS= 13±1 vs 11±3, NAS=13±2 vs12 ±1 cm.s-1), late diastolic tissue velocity (A’) (AS=9±2 vs 8±1, NAS= 8±1 vs 8±1 cm.s-1), E’:A’ (AS=1.63 vs 1.21, NAS= 1.71 vs 1.62) and E:A (AS=1.61 vs 1.19, NAS=1.63 vs 1.29) with an increase in late diastolic filling velocity (A) (AS=53±8 vs 65±11, NAS= 51±3 vs 57±9 cm.s-1) were seen in both groups post-exercise. A significant decrease in left ventricular end-systolic volume (LVESV) (AS=48±16 vs 45±12, NAS=51±9 vs 43±11 ml) was seen post-exercise with maintenance of ejection fraction (EF). There was a significant group effect on diastolic blood pressure (BP) (AS=74±11 vs 66±7, NAS=68±6 vs 58±2 mmHg) and basal systolic rotation rate (AS=-61.69±18.38 vs -86.65±17.99, NAS= -63.69±14.72 vs -56.50±2.15 .s-1). Conclusion Despite significant reductions in diastolic measures, with maintenance of systolic function, there was no altered cardiovascular response in the AS users following resistance exercise.

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Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Peter Angell
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 13:25
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