Cardiovascular Parameters of Nigerian Physiotherapy Students Dur-ing an End of Semester Examination
Journal of Medical and Biomedical Sciences
Examination and tests are routine academic task during which students engage in mental exercises, writing, and/or practical demonstrations under pressure with stress placed on the cardiovascular system. This study was aimed at investigating the cardiovascular parameters of students before, during and after an examination. The baseline hear rate (HR) and blood pressures (BPs) of 75 undergraduates physiotherapy students in a Nigerian university were measured one month to the beginning of a second
... ginning of a second semester examination, and also before, during and after a session of test in core subjects. This study shows higher HR, and systolic and diastolic BPs5 minutes to the start of the examination compared to the baseline resting values. This heightened cardiovascular parameters remained steady until the time remaining till the end of exam was announced, when the parameters spiked to levels higher than both the baseline and pre-examination levels. While the systolic, diastolic and mean arterial BPs returned to baseline levels shortly before or at about 15 minutes after exam, HR and rate pressure product did not return to the baseline levels 15 minutes after examination. Cardiovascular parameters were higher few minutes before exam than the baseline resting values and continue so until the remaining time left for the exam was announced. Future studies on aerobic fitness and physiological adaptations conferred by exercises and regular physical activity can influence cardiovascular parameters during examination are suggested.