Cerebrovascular responses to submaximal exercise in women with COPD

  title={Cerebrovascular responses to submaximal exercise in women with COPD},
  author={Sara E. Hartmann and Richard Leigh and Marc J. Poulin},
  booktitle={BMC pulmonary medicine},
BACKGROUND COPD patients have decreased physical fitness, and have an increased risk of vascular disease. In the general population, fitness is positively associated with resting cerebral blood flow velocity, however, little is known about the cerebrovascular response during exercise particularly in COPD patients. We hypothesized that COPD patients would have lower cerebral blood flow during exercise secondary to decreased physical fitness and underlying vascular disease. METHODS… CONTINUE READING