Lower hypoxic ventilatory response in smokers compared to non-smokers during abstinence from cigarettes

Abstract

BACKGROUND Carotid body O2-chemosensitivity determines the hypoxic ventilatory response (HVR) as part of crucial regulatory reflex within oxygen homeostasis. Nicotine has been suggested to attenuate HVR in neonates of smoking mothers. However, whether smoking affects HVR in adulthood has remained unclear and probably blurred by acute ventilatory stimulation… (More)

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