Effects of high voltage pulsed electrical stimulation on blood flow

D. C. Walker, D. P. Currier, A. J. Threlkeld

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether high voltage electrical stimulation would increase blood flow to skeletal muscle in healthy subjects. Subjects were assigned to one of three groups: 1) an Electrical Stimulation (ES) Group (n = 16), 2) an Exercise (EX) Group (n = 14), or 3) a Control Group (n = 8). Isometric contractions were induced electrically at 30 Hz in the ES Group and performed volitionally in the EX Group for five minutes at intensities of 10% and 30% of predetermined maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVC) efforts. Blood flow, heart rate, and blood pressure were unaffected in the ES Group, but blood flow and systolic blood pressure increased and decreased, respectively, for the EX Group at 30% of MVC. High voltage stimulation at a pulse rate of 30 Hz and at intensities needed to evoke contractions at 10% and 30% of MVC for plantar flexion did not increase blood flow at the popliteal artery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-485
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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