Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 380, Issue 2, pp 189–195 | Cite as

Lifelong variations in heart rates in SPF Sprague Dawley rats of both sexes

Statistical correlations with body weights
  • Maurice Stupfel
  • Dominique Costagliola
Heart, Circulation, Respiration and Blood; Environmental and Exercise Physiology


In unanesthetized Sprague Dawleys, SPF, of both sexes, housed indl12:12 (110 lux), at a temperature of 18–23°C and a hygrometry of 60–75%, the measurements of heart frequencies during most part of their life point out a continuous decrease with age and an always higher (40–20 c. min−1) heart rate in females than in males. Significant correlations between rate and body weight can account for these heart which corresponds to the growth period, a linear relationship was established between Log heart rate (y;c. min−1) and Log body weight (x; gram); for males: Logy=−0.122 Logx+Log 938 and for females: Logy=−0.166 Logx+Log 1217. After the age of 600 days, which corresponds to senescence, decreases in heart rate as well as in body weight were observed in both sexes.

Key words

Heart rate Rat Sex difference Body weight 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurice Stupfel
    • 1
  • Dominique Costagliola
    • 2
  1. 1.U. 123 Research Group, Physiopathological Mechanisms of Environmental NuisancesINSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)Le VesinetFrance
  2. 2.Biostatistics Laboratory, U. 21 Statistical Research UnitUniversité Paris 7ParisFrance

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