Journal article

DIFFERENTIAL REGIONAL HEMODYNAMIC-EFFECTS OF CORTICOTROPIN IN CONSCIOUS SHEEP

JA BEDNARIK, CN MAY

HYPERTENSION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 1994

Abstract

The regional hemodynamic effects of 5 days of intravenous infusion of corticotropin (ACTH) (5 micrograms/kg per day) were examined in conscious sheep (n = 8). Mean arterial pressure increased from 81 +/- 2 to 93 +/- 3 mm Hg (P < .001) on day 2 of ACTH and remained at this level during the infusion. Cardiac output increased from 5.13 +/- 0.19 to 6.06 +/- 0.33 L/min (P < .01) because of an increase in stroke volume from 65 +/- 4 to 79 +/- 8 mL per beat (P < .01); heart rate remained unchanged. ACTH did not alter total peripheral conductance but had differential effects on regional conductances. Mesenteric conductance fell from 5.8 +/- 0.2 to a minimum of 4.9 +/- 0.3 (mL/min)/mm Hg (P < .05), a..

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