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Re: Change of Heart Keeps Bears Healthy While Hibernating

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avatar Change of Heart Keeps Bears Healthy While Hibernating
February 07, 2011 01:49PM
Research published in the latest issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology illustrates a complex series of changes that occur in grizzly bears' hearts as they hibernate. The changes guard against complications that could arise from greatly reduced activity. A grizzly hibernates five to six months of the year. During that time, its heart rate slows drastically from around 84 beats per minute when active to around 19. "If a human heart were to slow down like this, you'd see very detrimental things happening," said Bryan Rourke, a professor at Cal State Long Beach who worked on the research with his graduate student, Nathan Barrows.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110207142625.htm
Re: Change of Heart Keeps Bears Healthy While Hibernating
February 12, 2011 01:47PM
Maybe we can find a way to make it healthy to be a couch potato!
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