Journal article

THE CARDIOVASCULAR AMPLIFIERS IN HUMAN PRIMARY HYPERTENSION AND THEIR ROLE IN A STRATEGY FOR DETECTING THE UNDERLYING CAUSES

PI KORNER, GL JENNINGS, MD ESLER, WP ANDERSON, A BOBIK, M ADAMS, JA ANGUS

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY | CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING | Published : 1987

Abstract

The present review considers evidence that in chronic hypertension, hypertrophy of the muscles of the resistance vessels and left ventricle (LV) accounts for their intrinsic properties as haemodynamic amplifiers. In spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) there is early hypertrophy of both vessels and LV, suggesting that they may initiate hypertension; slow development of alpha-adrenoceptors may contribute to the early preponderance of the LV amplifier. In human hypertension LV hypertrophy occurs in most patients, including a high proportion of mild hypertensives. In Goldblatt one-kidney hypertension the stenosis resistance, which is the initiating cause, accounts for 25% of the rise in blood ..

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