Blood biochemical parameters in women during long-term simulated hyperoxic diving up to 8 ATA.

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Blood biochemical parameters in women during long-term simulated hyperoxic diving up to 8 ATA.

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Title: Blood biochemical parameters in women during long-term simulated hyperoxic diving up to 8 ATA.
Author: Popova, J; Buravkova, L
Abstract: Nowadays an increasing number of women are participating in recreational diving. A special recompression treatment table for delayed pulmonary barotrauma or decompression sickness was developed by V.V. Smolin in the Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP, Russia). The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of simulated dives (similar to this recompression treatment table) on biochemical parameters of healthy women. Three healthy female volunteers participated in long-term simulated diving to 8 ATA (0.8 MPa). Blood samples for determination of the biochemical substrate levels and activity of blood enzymes using a Reflotron analyzer were obtained at the control period, at the beginning of decompression and at the post dive period. No significant changes of serum levels of glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and urea were found during this experimental period or in comparison with the predive values. There were no significant changes in ALT activity in two volunteers but there was some tendency for an insignificant decrease in AST activity. One of the volunteers had a considerable increase in AST and ALT activities 15 h after the dive, probably due to a modified diet outside the experiment conditions. Thus, the long-term simulated diving recompression treatment table did not lead to a shift in the woman's serum biochemical status. However, it remains necessary to consider probable dysfunction of liver due to hyperbaric exposure.
Description: Undersea & hyperbaric medicine : journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5059
Date: 2006

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