Resistance exercise training improves heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia

  title={Resistance exercise training improves heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia},
  author={Arturo Figueroa and J. Derek Kingsley and Victor McMillan and Lynn B. Panton},
  journal={Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging},
Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by generalized muscle pain, low muscle strength and autonomic dysfunction. [] Key Method Women with FM (n = 10) and healthy controls (n = 9), aged 27-60 years, were compared at baseline. Only women with FM underwent supervised RET 2 days per week for 16 weeks.

Impaired Cardiac Autonomic Control in Women With Fibromyalgia Is Independent of Their Physical Fitness.

The documented cardiac autonomic abnormalities at rest, during, and after exercise in FM patients persist even when physical fitness status is taken in account, and strategies to attenuate the dysautonomia inFM patients must be considered.

A comparative study of heart rate variability and physical fitness in women with moderate and severe fibromyalgia

The lower-body muscle strength and cardiorespiratory fitness were both reduced in moderate and severe FM compared to healthy women, despite a greater physical deconditioning in severe FM.

Cardiac autonomic impairment and chronotropic incompetence in fibromyalgia

Patients with FM who undertook a graded exercise test may present CI and delayed HR recovery, both being indicative of cardiac autonomic impairment and higher risk of cardiovascular events and mortality.

Resistance exercise training does not affect postexercise hypotension and wave reflection in women with fibromyalgia.

Assessment of the effects of resistance exercise training (RET) on aortic wave reflection and hemodynamics during recovery from acute resistance exercise in women with fibromyalgia and healthy women found it does not alter resting and postexercise hemodynamics in premenopausal women.

Reliability of heart period and systolic arterial pressure variabilities in women with fibromyalgia syndrome

The spectral indices of cardiovascular autonomic control in women with FMS seem to present good relative reliability, and can be useful as parameters to quantify if a variation was consistent and accurate in the retest besides adding crucial information for clinical research and clinical evaluation of FMS patients.

Resistance Exercise Training on Disease Impact, Pain Catastrophizing and Autonomic Modulation in Women with Fibromyalgia

It is demonstrated that while women with FM may still have autonomic dysfunction after undergoing a RET program, disease impact was significantly reduced.

Aerobic and cardiovascular autonomic adaptations to moderate intensity endurance exercise in patients with fibromyalgia.

Female patients with fibromyalgia have similar cardiovascular adaptations to moderate intensity endurance exercise as healthy controls, and linear regression analysis showed a similar dose-dependent increase in patients and controls in oxygen uptake and workload after the 12-week intervention.

Vagal modulation and symptomatology following a 6-month aerobic exercise program for women with fibromyalgia.

Results show that a programme of aerobic exercise training induced changes in cardiac autonomic nervous system modulation in FM and that these changes in HRV parameters were accompanied by changes in anxiety and depression.

Autonomic Modulation in Older Women: Using Resistance Exercise as a Countermeasure

RT had no significant effect on any autonomic parameter suggesting that it may not be a sufficient stimulus to alter the effects of aging.



Abnormalities of cardiovascular neural control and reduced orthostatic tolerance in patients with primary fibromyalgia.

Lack of increased sympathetic discharge to vessels and decreased cardiac vagal activity characterize their autonomic profile during tilt test, and might account for the excessive rate of syncope.

Exercise training improves baroreflex sensitivity in type 2 diabetes.

It is concluded that exercise training improves BRS sensitivity in type 2 diabetes subjects in addition to increasing the exercise capacity and muscle strength and improving glucose control and these beneficial effects in reflectory autonomic regulation and glucose control caused by exercise may be associated with improved prognosis of type 2abetes patients.

Endurance training improves post-exercise cardiac autonomic modulation in obese women with and without type 2 diabetes

Endurance training reduced blood pressure without changes in HRV and BRS at rest, but training increased HRV during the recovery of acute endurance exercise indicating an improved post-exercise autonomic modulation of HR, which was similar in obese women with and without T2D.

Orthostatic sympathetic derangement in subjects with fibromyalgia.

In FM, there is a deranged sympathetic response to orthostatic stress, which may have implications regarding the pathogenesis of FM.

Abnormal sympathovagal balance in men with fibromyalgia.

This report of autonomic dysfunction in men with FM revealed an abnormal autonomic response to orthostatic stress, which may have implications regarding the symptoms of FM.

Muscle hypertrophy, strength development, and serum hormones during strength training in elderly women with fibromyalgia

Progressive strength training increases strength, CSA, and voluntary activation of the trained muscles in elderly women with FM, while the measured basal serum hormone concentrations remain unaltered.

Acute heavy-resistance exercise-induced pain and neuromuscular fatigue in elderly women with fibromyalgia and in healthy controls: effects of strength training.

The increased strength in women with FM improved high-load performance and also seemed to attenuate perceived pain, which suggests a typical fatiguing process and a similar trainability of the muscles in elderly women withFM.

Effect of endurance exercise training on heart rate variability at rest in healthy young and older men.

Dysautonomia among patients with fibromyalgia: a noninvasive assessment.

Patients with FM have abnormal responses to 2 tests of autonomic nervous system function, and quality of life was significantly lower in patients with FM compared to controls.