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Respiratory Causes Impacting Pilot Performance

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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Mayo Clinic

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This report describes the research into the cardiovascular, respiratory, and cognitive impacts of operationally relevant environments including oscillating O2N2 concentrations in the background of mild altitude increased inspiratory and expiratory threshold loaded breathing and positive-pressure breathing under elastic chest wall loading. The findings of this work suggest these operationally relevant stressors may cause acute, albeit mild decrements in cardiorespiratory physiology and cognitive performance. As such, the current data demonstrates minimizing these respiratory perturbations during flight may prove useful in reducing deleterious cardiorespiratory events and preserving attentional performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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[A, Approved For Public Release]