We investigated acute effects of NO synthase inhibition on exercise hemodynamics using NG-monomethyl-l-arginine (l-NMMA), a nonselective NO synthase -inhibitor. Healthy volunteers (n=10, 5 female, 19–33 years) participated in a 2-phase randomized crossover study, receiving l-NMMA (6 mg/kg, iv over 5 minutes) or placebo before bicycle exercise (25–150 W for 12 minutes). Blood pressure, cardiac output (measured by dilution of soluble and inert tracers) and femoral artery diameter were measured before, during, and after exercise.

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