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Online ISSN 1827-1812
Akdur H. 1, Yigit Z. 2, Önel Arabac Ü. 3, Akdur D. 4, Sisli H. 5, Taskran H. 6, Nilgün Gürses H. 5
1 School of Sports and Physical Education, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey;
2 Department of Cardiology, Cardiology Institute, Istanbul University, Haseki, Istanbul, Turkey;
3 Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Cardiology Institute, Istanbul University, Haseki, Istanbul, Turkey;
4 Radiodiagnostic Department, Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey;
5 Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Cardiology Institute, Istanbul University, Haseki, Istanbul, Turkey;
6 School of Sports and Physical Education, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
Aim. In our study, the effects of local bath with artificial CO2 - water, which is one of the hydrotherapy methods, on thermoregulation and cardiovascular systems, were investigated among healthy cases and hypertensives.
Methods. Eighteen cases with hypertension and 18 healthy volunteers as the control group were applied local bath with carbondioxide water; and their cardiovascular and thermoregulatory responses were investigated. Heart rate, blood pressure, skin and core temperatures were recorded at 5 minute intervals throughout the 20-min. application period. Peripheral circulatory alterations were measured by ultrasonic doppler.
Results. When the values of systolic and diastolic blood pressures of the two groups were compared during the bath application, the decrease in the values of hypertensive patients was determined to be statistically more. It was determined that heart rate values for both groups decreased slightly by carbondioxide bath but that this decrease was not statistically significant. Values of blood pressure and heart rate product decreased in both groups by bathing; but this decrease was more significant in hypertensive patients than the other group. There was no significant alterations in the mean values of skin and core temperatures. When the doppler measurements were examined, it was determined that there was an increase in the peripheral circulation in both of the groups.
Conclusion. As a result, it was considered that local, artificial thermoindifferent carbondioxide baths are appropriate and effective therapy methods in hypertensive patients as they decrease blood pressure by increasing peripheral blood circulation.