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Med Sci Law. 2004 Jul;44(3):197-200.

Changes in blood viscosity with heavy and light exercise.

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Department of Legal Medicine, Dokkyo University School of Medicine, Mibu, Tochigi, Japan.


To clarify the relationship of the intensity of acute exercise to sudden cardiac death, we examined the effects of short-term heavy and light exercise on whole blood viscosity. Nine healthy sedentary male volunteers performed ten minutes of heavy (more than 95% of maximum oxygen consumption) or light (60% to 65% of maximum oxygen consumption) exercise. Blood samples were obtained before, immediately after, and one hour after exercise. The whole blood viscosity was immediately examined with an oscillation-type viscometer and was found to increase significantly after exercise and subsequently return to baseline levels within one hour after exercise. The whole blood viscosity increased by a similar degree after heavy or light exercise. Therefore, our results suggest that there is a similar risk of sudden cardiac death, due to increased whole blood viscosity, after short-term heavy or light exercise.

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