Journal article

EFFECTS OF HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA ON VASODILATION IN THE RABBIT

CE WRIGHT, JA ANGUS

HYPERTENSION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 1986

Abstract

Vasodilator substances act either directly on vascular smooth muscle (e.g., adenosine) or indirectly (e.g., acetylcholine) on endothelial cells that respond by releasing an unknown powerful, short-lived relaxing factor. To determine whether chronic hypertension or hypercholesterolemia or both would alter the release of the endothelium-derived relaxing factor, experiments were performed in hypertensive rabbits (5-week cellophane wrap perinephritis; mean blood pressure, 134.7 mm Hg) and normotensive rabbits (mean blood pressure, 80 mm Hg) with a Doppler flow transducer and perivascular balloon implanted on the lower abdominal aorta. Rabbits were fed either 1% cholesterol or control diet for 4 ..

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