Crouse Health Online: Wellness is just a click away.
Share Share
  |  Connect with Us: 
large
med
small
Text Size
 

Health News



Study Probes Why Exercise Leaves Women More Breathless Than Men

Study Probes Why Exercise Leaves Women More Breathless Than Men

11/08/13

FRIDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- It's widely known that women find it harder to breathe during exercise than men of a similar age -- even among those with heart and lung disease. And now researchers say they've discovered why.

A new study says women have more severe shortness of breath than men during exercise due to greater electrical activation of their breathing muscles.

The research, published Nov. 8 in the journal Experimental Physiology, is the first to explain why this happens, the study authors said.

Canadian researchers looked at 50 healthy, nonsmoking men and women aged 20 to 40. The study participants worked out on a stationary bicycle while their heart, lung and other body functions were monitored. At regular intervals during the workout, the participants rated their levels of breathlessness.

"Our findings indicated that greater electrical activation of the respiratory muscles during exercise in women is needed to compensate for their smaller lungs, airways and breathing muscles," study leader Dr. Dennis Jensen, of McGill University in Montreal, said in a journal news release.

The authors said the findings could aid researchers and health care providers in identifying new methods of improving the symptoms of breathlessness and boosting exercise capacity among groups including seniors and people with chronic heart and lung disease.

Additional research is required to determine if these findings also are true in other groups of men and women, such as those who are overweight or obese, Jensen said.

More information

The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about exercise.

Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

OF INTEREST:
 

Latest News

Crouse Hospital Receives Quality Achievement Award for Exemplary Stroke Care
more >

MedEx Bedside Prescription Delivery Service

Free service offers convenience, patient education at discharge.
more >

Weight Loss Surgery

Is it right for you? Attend a free information seminar held twice monthly.
more >

Quality at Crouse

See how Crouse Hospital strives to provide the best in patient care.
more >

Cheer Up That Special Someone

Say get well or welcome a new arrival with a gift purchased right at Crouse.

more >

Make an Online Donation Now

Your donation of any amount helps support Crouse services & programs in a meaningful way.
more >

Shop Online Now

Say get well, thinking of you or welcome new baby with a unique gift from the Crouse Gift Shop.

more >