“Effects of Passive Heat Therapy on Oxygen Consumption and Cardiovascular Fitness in Adults”
The purpose of this study is to determine if enhanced endothelial arterial distensibility observed with heat therapy translates into improved cardiorespiratory fitness. The following aims are proposed: Aim 1: to determine if chronic heat therapy results in improvements in cardiovascular function. Aim 2: To examine potential mechanism(s) of action of heat therapy in cardiovascular function.
Behavioral - Heat Therapy Treatment
Subjects will undergo 10 hot water immersions of 40.5 degrees Celsius for approximately 45 minutes per session over 14 days. Subjects will be immersed up to the shoulder until rectal temperature reacher 38.5 degrees Celsius (approximately 15-20 minutes). Subjects will then remain in the water bath submerged at waist level to maintain between 38.5 to 39.0 degrees Celsius for another 30 minutes. Following hot water immersion, subjects will be monitored for 10 minutes, or until temperature falls be ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Effects of Passive Heat Therapy on Oxygen Consumption and Cardiovascular Fitness in Adults