This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. Written by an eminent cardiovascular physiologist with a strong track record in dealing with issues related to exercise and environmental physiology, this text covers cardiovascular function from the exercise and human physiologist's viewpoint. It provides a solid foundation of knowledge of how the cardiovascular system responds and adapts to the challenges of exercise and environmental change, and analyses the practicalities of measuring cardiovascular parameters in normal human subjects.
- Case studies in exercise physiology throughout text.
- Open-ended questions at end of each chapter encourage students to explore common situations facing exercise and human physiologists.
- Bibliography at end of each chapter directs students to further reading resources.
- Summaries at start of each chapter and multiple choice questions with explanatory answers at end of book aid revision and help students test their knowledge.
Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION
After reading this Chapter, you should appreciate that absolute work capacity is ultimately limited by cardiovascular performance, understand the overall cardiovascular changes that occur during acute exercise and be ready to track the mechanisms that underlie these changes through the succeeding Chapters. THE WHOLE-BODY RESPONSE TO EXERCISE
Chapter 2 - CARDIAC ACTIVATION
After reading this Chapter, you should understand the functional characteristics that allow the heart to operate efficiently at rest and during exercise, appreciate how the electrocardiogram can be used to obtain information on the normal heart and be able to recognise the main cardiac arrhythmias that are likely exclusion criteria for participation in exercise programmes. REVISION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EFFECTIVE HEART DERIVATION OF ECG FROM THIS DESIGN ARRHYTHMIAS IN THE NORMAL HEART
RECOGNITION OF ARRHYTHMIAS THAT MAY PRECLUDE EXERCISE
Chapter 3 – CARDIAC OUTPUT
After reading this Chapter, you should understand the factors that determine cardiac output, know the mechanisms by which cardiac output is increased during exercise, know the importance of intraventricular turbulence and be able to assess which methods for non-invasive measurement of cardiac output are most appropriate for use at rest and during exercise. FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO CARDIAC OUTPUT DURING EXERCISE MAXIMUM CARDIAC OUTPUT DURING EXERCISE IMPORTANCE OF CARDIAC TURBULENCE PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO MEASUREMENT OF CARDIAC OUTPUT
Chapter 4 - BLOOD PRESSURE
After reading this Chapter, you should understand the factors that determine arterial blood pressure, be able to predict how systolic, diastolic and pulse pressures will be changed by altered cardiac performance and peripheral resistance, and be able to assess which methods for measurement of blood pressure are most appropriate for use during exercise. DETERMINATION OF SYSTOLIC AR
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