Central Command and the Regulation of Exercise Heart Rate Response in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction.
Satyam Sarma, Erin Howden, Justin Lawley, Mitchel Samels, Benjamin D Levine
Circulation | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Chronotropic incompetence is common in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and is linked to impaired aerobic capacity. Whether upstream autonomic signaling pathways responsible for raising exercise heart rate are impaired in HFpEF is unknown. We investigated the integrity of central command and muscle metaboreceptor function, 2 predominant mechanisms responsible for exertional increases in heart rate, in patients with HFpEF and senior controls. METHODS: Fourteen healthy senior controls (7 men, 7 women) and 20 carefully screened patients with HFpEF (8 men, 12 women) underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing (peak Vo2) and static handgrip exercise at 40% of maxi..View full abstract