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NCT ID: NCT02448030 Recruiting - Clinical trials for Reduction of Blood Flow

Effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation on Metaboreflex Activation in Healthy Individuals

Start date: March 2015
Phase: Phase 0
Study type: Interventional

Cardiovascular exercise adjustments are required during in order to redistribute blood flow from non-exercising vascular areas to active muscles. This hemodynamic adjustments, which are partially mediated by mechanosensitive and metabosensitive reflexes, ultimately increase oxygen and nutrient delivery to exercising muscle tissues (Mitchell, 1990). Static handgrip exercise has been shown to induce alterations in the arterial baroreflex function (Kim, 2005) and activation of muscle metaboreflex that increases arterial blood pressure and peripheral vasoconstriction, respectively. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) treatment used in physical therapy in patients who are unable to tolerate conventional exercise showed to be a good alternative for muscle strengthening (Sbruzzi, 2010) and to improve metabolic abnormalities (Karavidas, 2006). However, the effect of FES on metaboreflex activation in healthy individuals has never been investigated. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the metaboreflex activation induced by FES in upper and low limbs in healthy individuals, and also to compare their results with the effects caused by isometric exercise.