About this Research Topic
Over the past several decades there has been continued development of non-invasive techniques for assessing various aspects of cardiovascular health and function. These technological innovations have extended the capacity to address mechanistic-focused questions. Additionally, techniques such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), pulse wave analysis (PWA) and flow-mediated dilation (FMD) have improved the capacity to answer public health questions through epidemiological investigation.
To enhance rigor and reproducibility, guidelines have been developed to standardize the use of PWV, PWA and FMD, as well as other techniques. However, such guidelines cannot always be rigorously applied to mechanistic studies, including studies investigating the cardiovascular effects of acute changes in lifestyle behaviours such as diet, sleep, exercise and sedentary behaviour. When using non-invasive techniques to assess acute changes in cardiovascular function, consideration needs to be given to: (i) device-specific assumptions, (ii) the interpretation of physiological signals obtained under non-standard conditions, (iii) ecological validity, and (iv) study design-specific measurement precision (reliability) and accuracy (validity).
This Research Topic is interested in mechanistic and epidemiological articles using non-invasive devices to assess the effects of lifestyle behaviours on cardiovascular function and health, including special considerations for using these devices. The Topic Editors welcome various types of articles, such as original research, methodology articles, and review articles.
Keywords: noninvasive methodology, methodological interpretation, integrative physiology, cardiovascular, lifestyle behaviours
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