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      Sex Differences in Post-exercise Hypotension, Ambulatory Blood Pressure Variability, and Endothelial Function After a Power Training Session in Older Adults


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          Background: The efficacy of power training (PT) to acutely reduce blood pressure (BP) in participants with hypertension is controversial, and no studies have assessed the influence of sex on post-exercise hypotension and its mechanisms in older adults.

          Purpose: The aims of this secondary, exploratory analysis were to compare the effects of a single bout of PT on post-exercise hypotension, BP variability, and endothelial function between older men and women with hypertension.

          Methods: Twenty-four participants with hypertension (12 men and 12 women aged to >60 years old) took part in this crossover study and randomly performed two experimental sessions: power exercise training (PT) and non-exercising control session (Con). The PT protocol was composed of 3 sets of 8–10 repetitions of five exercises performed in the following order: leg press, bench press, knee extension, upright row, and knee flexion, using an intensity corresponding to 50% of one repetition maximal test (1RM) and 2-min intervals between sets and exercises. The concentric phase of exercises during each repetition was performed “as fast as possible,” while the eccentric phase lasted 1 to 2 s. During Con, the participants remained at seated rest on the same exercise machines, but without any exercise. Each protocol lasted 40 min. Office BP, flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), 24-h ambulatory BP, and the average real variability (ARV) of systolic and diastolic BP were assessed before and after experimental sessions.

          Results: Comparing PT with Con, a reduced office BP after exercise was found in men (systolic BP—average post 1 h: −14 mmHg, p < 0.001; diastolic BP—average post 1 h: −8 mmHg, p < 0.001) and only a reduced systolic BP in women (average post 1 h: −7 mmHg, p = 0.04). Comparing men and women, a reduced systolic BP (post 60': −15 mmHg, p = 0.048; average post 1 h: −7 mmHg, p = 0.046) and diastolic BP (post 60': −9 mmHg, p = 0.049) after the first hour were found in men. In relation to 24-h ambulatory BP, ARV, and FMD, no statistically significant differences were found between men and women.

          Conclusion: In older adults with hypertension, the office BP response after the experimental sessions was different in men and women, showing that the PT protocol is more effective to acutely reduce BP in men. Additionally, the mechanisms behind this reduction remain unclear. This finding suggests that sex cannot be combined to analyze post-exercise hypotension.

          Clinical Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, Identifier: NCT03615625.

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                Front Physiol
                Front Physiol
                Front. Physiol.
                Frontiers in Physiology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                16 July 2021
                : 12
                [1] 1Postgraduate Program in Cardiology, School of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul , Porto Alegre, Brazil
                [2] 2Sports and Exercise Training Study Group, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre , Porto Alegre, Brazil
                [3] 3Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin , Austin, TX, United States
                Author notes

                Edited by: Linda Shannon Pescatello, University of Connecticut, United States

                Reviewed by: Caio Victor Sousa, Northeastern University, United States; Alberto Alves, Instituto Universitário da Maia (ISMAI), Portugal

                *Correspondence: Rodrigo Ferrari, rod.ferrari84@ 123456gmail.com

                This article was submitted to Exercise Physiology, a section of journal Frontiers in Physiology

                Copyright © 2021 de Oliveira Carpes, Domingues, Schimitt, Fuchs, Alhalimi, Tanaka and Ferrari.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Figures: 1, Tables: 5, Equations: 0, References: 46, Pages: 11, Words: 8231
                Funded by: Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre 10.13039/501100003810
                Funded by: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development 10.13039/501100003593
                Original Research

                Anatomy & Physiology
                aging,high blood pressure,blood pressure variability,post exercise hypotension,flow-mediated dilatation,high-velocity resistance training


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