Gender related differences in cerebral autoregulation in older healthy subjects.

Brian M. Deegan*, Farzaneh A. Sorond, Lewis A. Lipsitz, Gearoid Olaighin, Jorge M. Serrador

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Cerebral autoregulation is an intrinsic mechanism of the cerebrovasculature that maintains cerebral blood flow relatively constant over a wide range of blood pressures. Recent studies have shown sex differences in cerebral autoregulation in adolescents and young adults. We evaluated cerebral auturegulation in 419 (186 male) subjects over the age of 70 recruited as part of the MOBILIZE Boston study. CO(2) reactivity, transfer function gain and autoregulatory index (ARI) during sit to stand tests were assessed. Female subjects had significantly higher CO(2) reactivity (p < 0.001) and vasomotor range (p<0.001) as well as ARI indices (p<0.001) and lower transfer function gain in the autoregulatory band (p=0.001), implying better cerebral autoregulation, than male subjects. The mechanisms of sex based differences in cerebral autoregulation remain unclear, but the results of this study highlight the need for future work to better understand these underlying autoregulatory differences.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


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