Heart failure (HF) is the end-stage of cardiovascular disease and is associated with a high incidence of thrombotic events. Nitric oxide (NO) mediates vasodilation and prevents platelet activation, providing an important antithrombotic effect. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of aerobic training on survival, platelet L-arginine-NO pathway, and vasodilator properties in doxorubicin (DOX)-induced HF. Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to saline/sedentary (SAL/SED), saline/exercise (SAL/EX), DOX/sedentary (DOX/SED), and DOX/exercise (DOX/EX) groups. Four weeks after intraperitoneal DOX injection (1 mg/kg-1/d-1; 10 days), shortening fraction in DOX/SED and DOX/EX was significantly reduced. Treadmill exercise was performed during 6 weeks, 5 days/week-1, 30 minutes/day-1, 50% to 60% of maximum velocity. Survival was higher in DOX/EX (67%) than DOX/SED (33%). No differences were observed in intraplatelet L-arginine transport assessed by incubation with L- [3H]-arginine, nor in NOS activity measured by the conversion of L- [3H]-arginine into L- [3H]-citrulline among the groups. Vasodilation response to acetylcholine was impaired in DOX/SED and DOX/EX; in nitroglycerine, it was limited to DOX/SED. Aerobic training reduced mortality in DOX-induced HF animals and restored vascular smooth muscle relaxation properties. However, it did not ameliorate intraplatelet NO bioavailability and endothelial function during the period studied.
- heart failure
- nitric oxide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine