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Cold Water Facial Immersion to Reduce Orthostatic Intolerance

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dc.contributor.author Rodriguez, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Marshall, Erica M.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-23T15:43:04Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-23T15:43:04Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11416/543
dc.description Presented at Fiat Lux Spring 2021. en_US
dc.description.abstract During standing, passive effects of gravity result in venous pooling in the lower extremities. In healthy individuals, these effects are largely offset by actions of the baroreflex and subsequent sympathetic induced vasoconstriction. However, in those who experience orthostatic intolerance (OI), this response may be attenuated and lead to reductions in blood pressure (BP) and presyncope. Interestingly, highly trained aerobic athletes may be at risk of developing OI due to training induced reductions in sensitivity of the baroreflex. Interventions are necessary to mitigate symptoms of OI, but not interfere with exercise training in this population. In the literature, cold-water facial immersion is one intervention that may combat this paradox. Specifically, facial immersion in 0°C cold water, or an ice pack applied to the forehead and cheeks has been shown to increase vasoconstriction in the lower extremities, thus preventing large reductions in BP and symptoms of OI. Collectively, exercise professionals may use cold water facial immersion or ice pack application as part of the exercise prescription for highly trained aerobic individuals who experienced OI. en_US
dc.publisher Florida Southern College en_US
dc.subject Baroreflexes en_US
dc.subject Blood pressure en_US
dc.subject Vasoconstrictors en_US
dc.title Cold Water Facial Immersion to Reduce Orthostatic Intolerance en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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