Journal article

Resistance control in hypertension.

PI Korner, A Bobik, JA Angus, MA Adams, P Friberg

J Hypertens Suppl | Published : 1989

Abstract

In hypertension the small arteries undergo structural changes that increase vascular resistance, both in vivo and in vitro. The hallmark of a physiological vascular amplifier is that enhanced resistance responses must occur about the resting value. For this to happen, the average radius of the resistance vessels must be narrower than normal; increased wall thickness without narrowing does not result in this type of amplification. In primary hypertension in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), the structural changes in the resistance vessels precede the elevation in blood pressure. This is consistent with the hypothesis that these changes cause hypertension. The role of the sympathetic nerv..

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