Effect of exogenous nitric oxide on baroreflex function in humans

N. Hogan, A. Kardos, D. J. Paterson, B. Casadei

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Abstract

Nitric oxide (NO) donors inhibit sympathetic neurotransmission and baroreceptor activity and can directly stimulate heart rate (HR) in vitro. To assess whether exogenous NO affects cardiovascular autonomic control in humans, we tested the baroreceptor-cardiac reflex [baroreflex sensitivity (BRS)] and the arterial blood pressure (BP) and HR variability during an infusion of the NO donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 2 μg · kg-1-min-1) or 5% glucose in 16 healthy subjects. The hypotensive action of SNP was prevented by phenylephrine (PE, 0.9 ± 0.15 μg · kg-1 · min-1). The SNP + PE infusion did not affect BRS or HR variability, but it caused a significant reduction in the diastolic and systolic BP low-frequency power. In addition, SNP + PE caused a sustained 12% increase in HR in the absence of changes in brachial and aortic BP. In conclusion, SNP had no effect on the cardiac-vagal limb of the baroreflex in humans but caused a substantial reduction in BP low-frequency power consistent with a decreased baroreflex/sympathetic control of peripheral resistance. The increase in HR in the absence of baroreceptor downloading confirms our previous finding of a direct positive chronotropic effect of NO donors.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Volume277
Issue number1 46-1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

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Baroreflex
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
Nitric Oxide
Heart Rate
Nitric Oxide Donors
Pressoreceptors
Arterial Pressure
Blood Pressure
Nitroprusside
Phenylephrine
Synaptic Transmission
Vascular Resistance
Hypotension
Healthy Volunteers
Arm
Extremities
Glucose

Keywords

  • Baroreceptors
  • Blood pressure variability
  • Heart rate
  • Nitric oxide donors

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  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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Effect of exogenous nitric oxide on baroreflex function in humans. / Hogan, N.; Kardos, A.; Paterson, D. J.; Casadei, B.

In: American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, Vol. 277, No. 1 46-1, 07.1999.

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