In order to determine the relationship between coffee consumption and two types of vital signs, respiration rate and blood pressure, my group (Group 4) designed a lab that measured the respiration rate and blood pressure of two participants, once after consuming water and then again after consuming coffee. After testing two participants blood pressure and respiration rate, it was found that the vital signs of the participants remained the same after consuming water but decreased slightly after consuming coffee.
This lab is significant because it demonstrates that the consumption of coffee, on the contrary to Group ‘s hypothesis, caused a decrease in the vital sign measurements of the two participants rather than increasing as we initially hypothesized. This lab was done to determine and compare the effects that coffee drinking has on blood pressure and the respiration rate in two participants.
The hypothesis configured by our group was that after drinking 1 cup of water the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate would remain constant, but after the drinking 1 cup of coffee the participants blood pressure and respiration rate would increase as a result of the common compounds found in coffee. The control in this experiment is 1 cup of water, because the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate are being measured, but they have not been exposed to the common compounds found in coffee.
The dependent variable in the study is the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate because the vital signs are the component in the experiment that are being measured. The independent variable is what is changed in the experiment and in this experiment that would be the amount of the common compounds the participants consume in 1 cup of coffee. The results of our lab disproved our hypothesis, that consuming coffee would increase the participant’s blood pressure and respiration rate, as seen in Table 1, Graph 1, and Graph 2.
Although our expectations of the measurement of vital signs after consuming 1 cup of water were correct, we had expected the results from the measurement of both the respiration rate and the blood pressure to noticeably increase after consuming coffee due to the common compounds found in coffee. The lab, actually, resulted in the decrease of respiration rate and blood pressure after the consumption of coffee.
The study preformed by the National Cancer Institute measured the association between coffee and its affects on health, as a result of reading this article I conducted a study that worked off the same principle. However, in the lab I attempted to narrow the causal relationship between the two by measuring the participant’s vital signs, respiration rate and blood pressure, in relationship to consuming coffee versus water and any potential periods or repeated periods of evaluated or descended vital signs has to the longevity of one’s life.
The results of the lab purport the findings of the National Cancer Institute because the article states that consuming coffee has positive affects on health and our lab concluded that coffee consumption lowers blood pressure, which is necessary for a person that may struggle with high blood pressure to become healthy. During the lab, the participants physiology, blood pressure and respiration rate, was lowered after consuming coffee, this served to calm the participant’s vital signs. To improve the validity of the study a few changes could be made to improve the results.
For example, I believe that the vital signs were not effected greatly because of the time span used to complete the study, after drinking the coffee we immediately took the vital signs instead of waiting for the full effect to take place. An additional reason for the higher levels of the vital signs before the consumption of coffee could have been due to activities done prior to the lab thus increasing the vital sings measured after drinking water. To improve upon these imperfections, the study could be done earlier in the day and with more jesting periods before vital signs are taken.
This lab was designed to determine the relationship between coffee consumption and two types of vital signs, respiration and blood pressure. The lab measured the respiration rate and blood pressure of two participants, once after consuming water and then again after consuming coffee. I hypothesized that the consumption of coffee would dramatically increase the participant’s respiration rate and blood pressure due to the consumption of the common compounds found in coffee that typically raise energy levels and alertness.