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#R7712
Cold stress and the cold pressor test

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Description Temperature and other environmental stressors are known to affect blood pressure and heart rate. In this activity, students perform the cold pressor test, demonstrating increased blood pressure during a 1- to 2-min immersion of one hand in ice water. The cold pressor test is used clinically to evaluate autonomic and left ventricular function. This activity is easily adapted to an inquiry format that asks students to go to the scientific literature to learn about the test and then design a protocol for carrying out the test in classmates. The data collected are ideal for teaching graphical presentation of data and statistical analysis.
Type of Resource Journal Article/Issue, Laboratory or Hands-On Activity
Format Web Page - HTML
Authors
Dee Silverthorn, University of Texas at Austin
Joel Michael, Rush Medical College
Development Date March 1, 2013
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Graduate
Professional (degree program)
Continuing Education
Pedagogies
Related Research Paper Advan. Physiol. Edu. 35: 178-187, 2011
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Journal Board
Review Date Reviewed at time of publication
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