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Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Lab 2019

The cardiovascular physiology laboratory investigates lifestyle interventions with the potential to mediate arterial stiffness and endothelial function including yoga, aerobic exercise and resistance training. The Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory is equipped with a Samsung Ultrasound machine equipped with a linear array transducer, Hokansson cuff inflation system, SphygmoCor device, laser Doppler flowmeter, heating element and Cholestech-LDX system for the measurements of flow-mediated dilation, arterial compliance, reactive hyperemia, central aortic stiffness, augmentation index, lipid profile and glucose. Arterial stiffness and vascular endothelial dysfunction are independent risk factors for coronary heart disease and are associated with hypertension, end-organ damage, stroke and cardiac events.


Dr. Stacy Hunter

Lab Director


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Ongoing Studies and Contact Information:

The Effects of Hot Yoga on Vascular Health in Hypertensive Adults


Effects of Yogic Breathing on Microvascular Function and Symptoms in Adults with IBS

Kate Jurek


Racial Differences in Exercise-Induced Cardiovascular and Immune Responses

Dylan Watson

In the News Media:

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Robinson, K. (2019, October 16). Hot yoga may lower blood pressure. Practical Cardiology. Retrieved from


Millard, E. (2019, October 9). How your hot yoga class can help your heart. Runner’s World. Retrieved from


Schepker, J. (2019, October 6). Heat rises, blood pressure drops in new hot yoga study. Holistic Primary Care. Retrieved from


Norton, A. (2019, September 16). ‘Hot’ yoga, hula dance your way to health blood pressure. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved from


Hot yoga may help high blood pressure. (2019, September 11). Retrieved from Black Health Matters site:


Dali, K. (2019, September 10). Hot yoga could help you lower your blood pressure. Consumer Affairs. Retrieved from


Norton, A. (2019, September 9). ‘Hot’ yoga, hula dance your way to healthy blood pressure. U.S. World News & Report. Retrieved from


Chalmers, V. (2019, September 5). Trendy hot yoga performed in rooms heated to 105F can help to slash high blood pressure, find scientists. Daily Mail. Retrieved from 


Murphy, C. (2019, September). Hot yoga may reduce BP, improve mental health. Consultant 360. Retrieved from


Study hints at hot yoga benefit for blood pressure. (2019, September 5). Retrieved from American Heart Association News site: