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  • Kruse, N. T., Buzkova, P., Barzilay, J. I., Valderrabano, R. J., Robbins, J. A., Fink, H. A. & Jalal, D. I. (2020). Association of skeletal muscle mass, kidney disease and mortality in older men and women: the cardiovascular health study. Aging 12 (21) 21023-21036. PMID: 33139582. DOI: 10.18632/aging.
  • Kruse, N. T., You, Z., Moreau, K., Kendrick, J. & Jalal, D. (2020). Sex differences in endothelial function in chronic kidney disease. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology 319 (1) F33-F40. DOI: 10.1152/ajprenal.00156.2020.
  • Kruse, N. T. (2020). ‘Comment on: “The Case for Retiring Flexibility as a Major Component of Physical Fitness”. (Vols. 50). (7), pp. 1405-1407. Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-020-01291-y.
  • Hughes, W. E., Kruse, N. T., Ueda, K., Feider, A. J., Hanada, S., Bock, J. M. & Casey, D. P. (2020). Dietary nitrate does not acutely enhance skeletal muscle blood flow and vasodilation in the lower limbs of older adults during single-limb exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology 120 (6) 1357-1369. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-020-04368-8.
  • Perrenoud, L., Kruse, N. T., Andrews, E., You, Z., Chonchol, M., Wu, C., Ten Eyck, P., Zepeda-Orozco, D. & Jalal, D. (2020). Uric Acid Lowering and Biomarkers of Kidney Damage in CKD Stage 3: A Post Hoc Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Kidney Medicine 2 (2) 155-161. DOI: 10.1016/j.xkme.2019.11.007.
  • Bock, J. M., Hughes, W. E., Ueda, K., Feider, A. J., Hanada, S., Kruse, N. T., Iwamoto, E. & Casey, D. P. (2020). Greater α1-adrenergic-mediated vasoconstriction in contracting skeletal muscle of patients with type 2 diabetes. American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology 319 (4) H797-H807. DOI: 10.1152/AJPHEART.00532.2020.
  • Kruse, N. T. (2019). Nutraceuticals as a potential adjunct therapy toward improving vascular health in CKD. (Vols. 317). (5), pp. R719-R732. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology. DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00152.2019.
  • Jespersen, T., Kruse, N., Mehta, T., Kuwabara, M., Noureddine, L. & Jalal, D. (2018). Light wine consumption is associated with a lower odd for cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases 28 (11) 1133-1139. DOI: 10.1016/j.numecd.2018.06.018.
  • Kruse, N. T., Hughes, W. E., Benzo, R. M., Carr, L. J. & Casey, D. P. (2018). Workplace Strategies to Prevent Sitting-induced Endothelial Dysfunction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 50 (4) 801-808. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001484.
  • Hughes, W. E., Kruse, N. T., Ueda, K. & Casey, D. P. (2018). Habitual exercise training in older adults offsets the age-related prolongation in leg vasodilator kinetics during single-limb lower body exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 125 (3) 746-754. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00235.2018.
  • Kruse, N. T. & Scheuermann, B. W. (2017). Cardiovascular Responses to Skeletal Muscle Stretching: “Stretching” the Truth or a New Exercise Paradigm for Cardiovascular Medicine?. (Vols. 47). (12), pp. 2507-2520. Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-017-0768-1.
  • Kruse, N. T., Hughes, W. E., Ueda, K. & Casey, D. P. (2017). Vasoconstrictor responsiveness in contracting human muscle: influence of contraction frequency, contractile work, and metabolic rate. European Journal of Applied Physiology 117 (8) 1697-1706. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-017-3660-7.
  • Hughes, W. E., Kruse, N. T. & Casey, D. P. (2017). Sympathetic nervous system activation reduces contraction-induced rapid vasodilation in the leg of humans independent of age. Journal of Applied Physiology 123 (1) 106-115. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00005.2017.
  • Kruse, N. T., Silette, C. R. & Scheuermann, B. W. (2016). Influence of passive stretch on muscle blood flow, oxygenation and central cardiovascular responses in healthy young males. American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology 310 (9) H1210-H1221. DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00732.2015.
  • Kruse, N. T., Barr, M. W., Gilders, R. M., Kushnick, M. R. & Rana, S. R. (2013). Using a practical approach for determining the most effective stretching strategy in female college division I volleyball players. Journal of strength and conditioning research 27 (11) 3060-7. PMID: 23442280. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31828bf2b6.

View a complete list of Dr. Kruse's published work

  • NIH T32:  Abboud Cardiovascular Center Research Fellowship, University of Iowa-Physical Therapy
  • NIH T32:  Renal & Hypertension Research Center Fellowship, University of Iowa-Nephrology
  • PhD, Kinesiology, University of Toledo, 2015
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, Ohio University, 2010
  • BS, Applied Exercise Science, Youngstown State University, 2008

Dr. Kruse's primary research interests include investigating how cardiometabolic related diseases affect endothelial, blood vessel and autonomic function, and determining how these alterations impact skeletal muscle blood flow, exercise tolerance, and overall health.  Other research interests focus on lifestyle and/or nutraceutical interventions that can be used to reduce the incidence of cardiometabolic diseases.

  • American Physiological Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Courses Taught

  • HSC 214:  Human Anatomy
  • HSC 630:  Regional Human Anatomy