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W Xia, C D Mørch, D Matre, O K Andersen
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to explore conditioned pain modulation (CPM) effect on long-term potentiation (LTP)-like pain amplification induced by cutaneous 10-Hz conditioning electrical stimulation (CES). METHODS: Conditioned pain modulation was induced by cold pressor conditioning stimulus (CPCS) (4 °C) which was applied immediately before CES in the active session. In the control session, water with a temperature of 32 °C was used. Twenty subjects participated in two sessions in a randomized crossover design with at least 1-week interval...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Jian Cui, Cheryl A Blaha, Lawrence I Sinoway
The effects of whole-body heat stress on sympathetic and cardiovascular responses to stimulation of muscle metaboreceptors and mechanoreceptors remains unclear. We examined the muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), blood pressure and heart rate in 14 young healthy subjects during fatiguing isometric handgrip exercise, post exercise circulatory occlusion (PECO), and passive muscle stretch during PECO. The protocol was performed under normothermic and whole-body heat stress (increase internal temperature ~0...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
David F Woodward, Stacey L Wenthur, Tara L Rudebush, Shan Fan, Carol B Toris
PURPOSE: Since all prostanoid receptors affect intraocular pressure (IOP) and endogenous prostanoids are found in ocular tissues, the pressor effects of prostanoid antagonists were comprehensively evaluated. The absence of effects of most of these antagonists was not entirely anticipated. To ensure no false-negative results, ocular biodisposition studies were conducted. METHODS: Monkeys with laser-induced ocular hypertension were used to study antagonist effects on IOP...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Renato Willian Martins Sá, Andrea Siqueira Haibara, Paula Magalhães Gomes, Giovana Lopes Aguiar, Rafael Souza Leopoldino Nascimento, Maria Lucia Pedrosa, Andréia Carvalho Alzamora, Lisandra Brandino de Oliveira, Leonardo Máximo Cardoso
What is the central question of this study? In this study we sought to investigate whether cardiovascular responses to peripheral chemoreflex activation of rats recovered from protein restriction are related to AT1 receptors activation. What is the main finding and its importance? This study highlights the fact that angiotensinergic mechanisms activated by AT1 receptors do not supported increased responses to peripheral chemoreflex activation by KCN in rats recovered from protein restriction. Also, we found that protein restriction led to increased resting ventilation in adult rats, even after recovery...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Physiology
Sverre Kjeldsen
There is a whole armament of good drugs for treatment of hypertension including diuretics, calcium antagonist, angiotensin receptor antagonists and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. Secondary drugs mostly used for special indications include beta-blockers, alpha-blockers, mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (aldosterone antagonists), renin-inhibitors, centrally acting drugs, direct vasodilators and others.A variety of new drugs targeting different pressor mechanism exist and have partly been studies experimentally but will unlikely make it to clinical use in human hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Masatsugu Horiuchi
Hypertensive patients have greater chances of such cardiovascular events as stroke, coronary heart disease, heart or renal failure, peripheral artery disease, and dementia. It is also well recognized that diabetes increases the cardiovascular risks in concert with hypertension. Therefore, main goals for an innovation of anti-hypertensive therapy would be to achieve further risk reduction by targeting the functional, metabolic, and structural alterations associated with hypertension. Professors Dzau and Braunwald et al proposed the concept of "the cardiovascular disease continuum" in 1991, and that hypertension may trigger the chain of events, leading to end-stage heart disease; however, this concept was quite new at that time, and there was some discussion whether "the cardiovascular disease continuum" is true or not...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Shahbaz R Arain, Julie K Freed, Jutta Novalija, Paul S Pagel, Thomas J Ebert
OBJECTIVE: The mechanism of perioperative hypotension in patients taking an angiotensin-receptor blocker up to the time of surgery remains unclear. This study tested the hypothesis that short-term angiotensin-receptor blocker treatment attenuated the sympathetic and vascular responses to autonomic stimuli in volunteers undergoing anesthesia. DESIGN: Randomized, crossover, blinded, pilot design. SETTING: Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jacob T Gutsche, Mark E Mikkelsen, Fenton H McCarthy, Todd A Miano, William J Vernick, Harish Ramakrishna, Prakash A Patel, Yianni Augoustides, Wilson Y Szeto, Nimesh D Desai, Meghan B Lane-Fall, Matthew L Williams
When clinicians consider extracorporeal life support (ECLS) for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients with hemodynamic instability, both veno-arterial (VA) and veno-venous (VV) ECLS are therapeutic possibilities. We analyzed 17 patients with ARDS on inotropic or vasopressor support requiring ECLS for refractory hypoxemia. After implementing VV ECLS, pressor requirements (based on norepinephrine equivalents) were significantly lower in all patients (P = .0001 for overall comparison across time points)...
October 4, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Amar Parkash Kataria, Joginder Pal Attri, Ramita Kashyap, Leena Mahajan
BACKGROUND: The advent of laparoscopic surgeries has proved to be beneficial for both patient and surgeon although increased morbidity may result from hemodynamic changes associated with laryngoscopy, intubation, and pneumoperitoneum (PNP). AIM: The present study was prospective, randomized, double-blind conducted to evaluate the efficacy of dexmdetomidine and fentanyl in attenuation of pressor responses to laryngoscopy, intubation, and PNP in laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC)...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Monica Perkins, Marien de Bruyne, Melita J Giummarra
There is growing evidence that enhanced sensitivity to painful clinical procedures and chronic pain are related to greater sensitivity to other sensory inputs, such as bitter taste. We examined cross-modal sensitivities in two studies. Study 1 assessed associations between bitter taste sensitivity, pain tolerance, and fear of pain in 48 healthy young adults. Participants were classified as non-tasters, tasters and super-tasters using a bitter taste test (6-n-propythiouracil; PROP). The latter group had significantly higher fear of pain (Fear of Pain Questionnaire) than tasters (p=...
October 14, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
Masaaki Nishihara, Ko Takesue, Yoshitaka Hirooka
OBJECTIVE: Sympathoexcitation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of hypertension in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) in the brain controls sympathetic outflow through γ-amino butyric acid (GABA)-ergic mechanisms. Renal denervation (RDN) exerts a long-term antihypertensive effect in hypertension with CKD; however, the effects of RDN on sympathetic nerve activity and GABA-ergic modulation in the PVN are not clear...
October 4, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Marzieh Kafami, Ali Nasimi
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) is part of the limbic system located in the rostral forebrain. BST is involved in behavioral, neuroendocrine and autonomic functions, including cardiovascular regulation. The amygdala, plays an important role in mediating the behavioral and physiological responses associated with fear and anxiety, including cardiovascular responses. In a previous study, we showed that microinjection of AngII into the BST produced a pressor and two types of single-unit responses in the BST, short excitatory and long inhibitory...
October 5, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Daniele Bosone, Roberto Fogari, Matteo Cotta Ramusino, Natascia Ghiotto, Elena Guaschino, Annalisa Zoppi, Angela D'Angelo, Alfredo Costa
The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of Holter monitoring for the detection of silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) in elderly type 2 diabetic patients with hypertension and the possible relationship between SMI and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). Two hundred and forty-three asymptomatic outpatients, aged 65-75 years, with type 2 diabetes and essential hypertension underwent 24-h ECG monitoring and 5 tests for the evaluation of both parasympathetic (heart rate variability, response to breath deeping, and Valsalva manoeuvre) and sympathetic (cold pressor test and orthostatic hypotension test) autonomic function...
October 6, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Mark W Cunningham, Jan M Williams, Lorena Amaral, Nathan Usry, Gerd Wallukat, Ralf Dechend, Babbette LaMarca
Preeclamptic women produce agonistic autoantibodies to the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1-AA) and exhibit increased blood pressure (mean arterial pressure), vascular sensitivity to angiotensin II (ANG II), and display a decrease in renal function. The objective of this study was to examine the renal hemodynamic changes during pregnancy in the presence of AT1-AAs with or without a slow pressor dose of ANG II. In this study, mean arterial pressure was elevated in all pregnant rats treated with ANG II with or without AT1-AA...
November 2016: Hypertension
Silvana Lopes-Azevedo, Cristiane Busnardo, Fernando Morgan Aguiar Corrêa
Previously, we reported that microinjection of l-proline (l-Pro) into the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) caused vasopressin-mediated pressor responses in unanesthetized rats. In the present study, we report on the central mechanisms involved in the mediation of the cardiovascular effects caused by the microinjection of l-Pro into the PVN. Microinjection of increasing doses of l-Pro (3-100 nmol/100nL) into the PVN caused dose-related pressor and bradycardic responses. No cardiovascular responses were observed after the microinjection of equimolar doses (33nmol/100nL) of its isomer d-Proline (d-Pro) or Mannitol...
September 29, 2016: Brain Research
Khadigeh El Sayed, Vaughan G Macefield, Sarah L Hissen, Michael J Joyner, Chloe E Taylor
Research indicates that individuals may experience a rise (positive responders) or fall (negative responders) in muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) during mental stress. The aim was to examine the early blood pressure response to stress in positive and negative responders and thus its influence on the direction of change in MSNA. Blood pressure and MSNA were recorded continuously in 21 healthy young males during 2-min mental stressors (mental arithmetic, Stroop test) and physical stressors (cold pressor, handgrip exercise, post-exercise ischaemia)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Hee Jun Kim, Gee Su Yang, Joel D Greenspan, Katherine D Downton, Kathleen A Griffith, Cynthia L Renn, Meg Johantgen, Susan G Dorsey
Our objective was to describe the racial and ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity. Four databases (PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and PsycINFO) were searched for studies examining racial/ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity. Thermal-heat, cold-pressor, pressure, ischemic, mechanical cutaneous, electrical, and chemical experimental pain modalities were assessed. Risk of bias was assessed using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality guideline...
September 24, 2016: Pain
Anisiia Doytchinova, Jonathan L Hassel, Yuan Yuan, Hongbo Lin, Dechun Yin, David Adams, Susan Straka, Keith Wright, Kimberly Smith, David Wagner, Changyu Shen, Vicenta Salanova, Chad Meshberger, Lan S Chen, John C Kincaid, Arthur C Coffey, Gang Wu, Yan Li, Richard J Kovacs, Thomas H Everett, Ronald Victor, Yong-Mei Cha, Shien-Fong Lin, Peng-Sheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Sympathetic nerve activity is important to cardiac arrhythmogenesis. OBJECTIVES: (1) To develop a method for simultaneous noninvasive recording of skin sympathetic nerve activity (SKNA) and electrocardiogram (ECG) using conventional ECG electrodes. (2) This method (neuECG) can be used to adequately estimate the sympathetic tone. METHODS: We recorded neuECG signals from the skin in 56 human subjects. The signals were low pass filtered to show the ECG and high pass filtered to show nerve activity...
September 23, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Jennifer L Gordon, Jacqueline Johnson, Samantha Nau, Beth Mechlin, Susan S Girdler
OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of psychosocial factors in mediating the relationship between African American (AA) race and both increased pain sensitivity and blunted stress reactivity. METHODS: Participants included 133 AA and non-Hispanic white (nHW) individuals (mean [SD] age, 37 [9]) matched for age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Participants underwent mental stress testing (Trier Social Stress Test) while cardiovascular, hemodynamic, and neuroendocrine reactivity were measured...
September 23, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Emilia Grzęda, Eberhard Schlicker, Marek Toczek, Iwona Zalewska, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Barbara Malinowska
We have shown previously that the cannabinoid receptor agonist CP55940 microinjected into the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) of urethane-anaesthetized rats induces depressor and pressor cardiovascular effects in the absence and presence of the CB1 antagonist AM251, respectively. The aim of our study was to examine whether the hypotension and/or hypertension induced by CP55940 given into the PVN results from its influence on glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission. CP55940 was microinjected into the PVN of urethane-anaesthetized rats twice (S1 and S2, 20 min apart)...
September 22, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
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