Human Cardiovascular Control in Exercise

School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 23649

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 & 2

Pre-requisite modules 23647

Module description

This module will examine the control of cardiac output, blood pressure and blood flow, and the central / peripheral cardiovascular interactions during exercise that limit performance. One focus will be on afferent signals generated within exercising muscles that drive and modulate cardiovascular reflexes. Another will investigate how central command associated with voluntary exercise can initiate and adjust blood pressure and heart rate responses. The factors that regulate local blood flow, in particular the vascular endothelium, will be studied in the context of distribution of cardiac output to active and inactive tissues during exercise. All these systems and their role in cardiovascular health will be emphasised by studying alterations to training and in diseases such as heart failure, hypertension and diabetes. Interactions between central cardiovascular control mechanisms, peripheral vascular control and the respiratory system during exercise will be discussed in a systems physiology approach.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and lab demonstrations