Hayleigh Raiff



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This study investigated how long the cardiovascular effects of aerobic and resistance exercise propagate after completion of exercise in healthy males. Cardiovascular function was closely monitored to observe changes in arterial stiffness before exercise and during recovery. Parameters used to monitor vascular function include central and peripheral blood pressure, heart rate, velocity of blood flow, and blood biomarkers of vascular function. The study required participants to complete an aerobic, resistance and control exposure. Measures of the parameters were taken at rest and at specified intervals after completion of each protocol. These measurements were analyzed to determine the acute effects of each exposure on the blood vessels’ functioning, how long these effects last and how the vascular responses differed between the exercise modalities. This experiment served as a pilot study in developing exercise protocol for patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

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Lloyd Laubach, Anthony Leicht

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Health and Sport Science


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The Acute Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Cardiovascular Function and Arterial Stiffness