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Plasma renin and aldosterone changes during twenty minutes' moderate exercise

Influence of posture
  • J. P. Wolf
  • N. U. Nguyen
  • G. Dumoulin
  • S. Berthelay
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Summary

The influence of posture on plasma renin and aldosterone changes during exercise performed at a constant relative work load (40%–50% maximal oxygen uptake) was studied in eight healthy men. Each subject carried out two 20-min exercises on an ergocycle at an interval of 8 days; the first exercise was performed in the normal sitting position (upright exercise), the second in a comfortable supine position (supine exercise). In both cases, heart rate and blood pressure were measured as well as plasma renin activity (PRA), aldosterone (ALDO) and osmolality, before and immediately after exercise, and 15 min following the end of exercise. An increase in heart rate, blood pressure, PRA, ALDO and osmolality was noted at the end of each exercise. This increase was greater in the supine exercise than when upright for PRA and ALDO; plasma osmolality and blood pressure showed identical increases for both types of exercise; increase in heart rate was greater when supine than when upright. PRA and ALDO were still elevated 15 min after the upright activity, but had regained their base values in that time after the supine exercise. Our results show that moderate, relatively brief periods of exercise stimulate the production of renin and aldosterone, but the response is less when supine than in the normal upright position.

Key words

Exercise Posture Renin activity Aldosterone 

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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Wolf
    • 1
  • N. U. Nguyen
    • 1
  • G. Dumoulin
    • 1
  • S. Berthelay
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie, Service d'Explorations Fonctionnelles Rénales et Métaboliques, Faculté de MédecineC.H.U.Besancon CedexFrance

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