Exercise and Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
Welcome to the homepage of the Exercise and Cardiovascular Research Laboratory (ECRL). The primary goal of the ECRL is to conduct clinical research studies that focus on exercise interventions and how they alter the cardiovasculature in healthy, athletic and clinically diseased populations.
For example, while it is known that resistance exercise increases muscle mass, its effects on the cardiovasculature are less known. To be more specific, the effects of whole body resistance exercise on blood flow and arterial function compared to upper- or lower-body exercise are currently unknown. Furthermore, the effects of non-traditional exercise, such as tai chi, have unknown effects on the cardiovasculature but have been shown to decrease symptoms and improve function in individuals with fibromyalgia.
Our experiments are designed to:
1. Describe the effects of different exercise modalities on cardiovascular function;
2. Determine the mechanisms that are responsible for exercise-induced changes in the cardiovasculature;
3. Define the physiological significance of the alterations in the cardiovasculature in response to acute/chronic exercise, and
4. Explore the use of exercise as a treatment modality for those populations with alterations in the cardiovasculature.