Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The ventilatory response to carbon dioxide (CO2) measured by modified rebreathing (SrVE) is closer to that measured by the steady-state method (SsVE) than is the response measured by Read's rebreathing method. Furthermore, the value estimated by the steady-state method depends upon the number of data points used to measure it. We planned to assess if these observations were also true for cerebral blood flow (CBF), as measured by steady-state (SsCBF) and modified rebreathing (SrCBF) tests. Six subjects undertook two protocols, one in the steady-state and one with modified rebreathing. SsVE depended upon the number of data points used to calculate it, and SsVE and SrVE were similar. However, this was not the case with SsCBF, and SsCBF was much higher than SrCBF. These findings are consistent with the notions that the specific CO2 stimulus differs for CBF control as compared with ventilation (VE) control, and that prior hypocapnia has an effect on CBF and VE for longer than the duration of the hypocapnia.

Original publication




Journal article


Adv Exp Med Biol

Publication Date





480 - 485


Adult, Brain, Carbon Dioxide, Cerebrovascular Circulation, Female, Humans, Hypocapnia, Inhalation, Male, Partial Pressure, Reference Values, Respiratory Mechanics