Fibrinolytic responses to moderate intensity exercise: Comparison of physically active and inactive men

Linda M. Szymanski, Russell R. Pate

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The purposes of this study were to compare fibrinolytic responses to moderate intensity exercise in physically active and inactive men and during morning and evening exercise. Fourteen physically inactive men (mean age, 34.7±4.0 years) and 12 regularly active men (34.8±4.0 years) performed two exercise sessions, morning and evening, at 50% of maximal oxygen consumption. Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) activity were measured before and after exercise. Data were analyzed using a three-way ANOVA with repeated measures. TPA activity increased with exercise in both groups, although the active group demonstrated greater increases than the inactive group. Postexercise TPA activity was greater with evening than morning exercise. The inactive group exhibited greater PAI-1 activity than the active group. PAI-1 activity was higher during the morning than evening but did not change with exercise for either group. We conclude that moderate intensity exercise increases TPA activity in physically active and inactive men, with greater increases seen in active men, particularly during evening exercise. Moderate intensity exercise does not appear to affect PAI-1 activity. The lower PAI-1 activity in active men may be one mechanism whereby regular physical activity lowers the risk for coronary artery disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1746-1750
Number of pages5
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Diurnal variations
  • Fibrinolysis
  • Physical fitness
  • Plasminogen activator inhibitor
  • Tissue plasminogen activator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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