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Cardiovascular Physiology Lab

Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

Lab 2019

The Cardiovascular Physiology Lab investigates lifestyle interventions in the modulation of vascular markers indicative of coronary heart disease risk. Our lab houses a Samsung ultrasound machine equipped with a linear array transducer for flow-mediated dilation, SphygmoCor for pulse wave velocity and augmentation index, laser Doppler flowmeter with a heating element for thermal hyperemia, and a Cholestech-LDX system for blood marker assessments. We use noninvasive testing measures to determine the efficacies of yoga, slow, deep breathing, and other lifestyle practices in modulating cardiovascular disease risk factors.

For more information about our studies, please contact Dr. Stacy D. Hunter, Lab Director, at  

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