Risk factors and 20-year stroke mortality in men and women in the Renfrew/Paisley study in Scotland. (25/951)

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to relate risk factors in middle-aged men and women to stroke mortality over a long follow-up period. METHODS: In the early to mid 1970s, 7052 men and 8354 women from the Renfrew/Paisley prospective cohort study in Scotland were screened when aged 45 to 64 years. Risk factors measured included blood pressure, blood cholesterol and glucose, respiratory function, cardiothoracic ratio, smoking habit, height, body mass index, age, preexisting coronary heart disease, and diabetes. These were related to stroke mortality over 20 years of follow-up. RESULTS: Women's stroke mortality rates were similar to men's, unlike coronary heart disease mortality, in which case women's rates were lower than men's. Diastolic and systolic blood pressure, smoking, cardiothoracic ratio, preexisting coronary heart disease, and diabetes were positively related to stroke mortality for men and women, while adjusted forced expiratory volume in 1 second and height were negatively related. Cholesterol and body mass index were not related to stroke mortality. Glucose in nondiabetics was positively related to stroke mortality for women but not men, and there was evidence of a threshold effect at the highest levels of glucose. Former smokers had mortality rates that were similar to those of never-smokers. In sex-specific multivariate models, most variables retained a statistically significant association with stroke mortality, illustrating the multifactorial etiology of stroke. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, findings for women were similar to those for men. Control of risk factors for reduction of stroke mortality should be targeted at men and women in a similar fashion, particularly with reference to smoking cessation and blood pressure control.  (+info)

Cardiovascular and renal responses produced by central orphanin FQ/nociceptin occur independent of renal nerves. (26/951)

The present study investigated the role of the renal nerves in mediating the cardiovascular and renal responses produced by the central administration of the opioid-like peptide orphanin FQ/nociceptin (OFQ/N) in conscious Sprague-Dawley rats. In conscious rats, OFQ/N (10 microgram icv) produced a transient bradycardia and hypotension (nadir 20 min). Although renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) initially remained unchanged, a delayed renal sympathoinhibitory response occurred after recovery (30 min) of blood pressure. By 30 and 70 min postinjection, RSNA decreased to 75 and 66% of control, respectively. Coinciding with the decrease in RSNA, central OFQ/N elicited a diuresis and antinatriuresis that occurred independent of changes in renal hemodynamics. In other studies, intracerebroventricular OFQ/N produced similar cardiovascular and renal excretory responses in bilaterally renal-denervated rats. Finally, in conscious sinoaortic deafferentiated rats, intracerebroventricular OFQ/N produced a rapid decrease in RSNA (55% of control, 10 min; 38% of control, 20 min) that paralleled the onset of the hypotension and bradycardia. These studies demonstrate that in conscious rats, intracerebroventricular OFQ/N produces a centrally mediated inhibition of RSNA which, due to activation of baroreflex mechanisms, is temporally dissociated from the hypotensive and bradycardia responses. As revealed in renal-denervated rats, the cardiovascular and renal excretory responses produced by central OFQ/N occur by a pathway that is independent of intact renal nerves or changes in renal hemodynamics.  (+info)

Contributions of MSNA and stroke volume to orthostatic intolerance following bed rest. (27/951)

We examined whether the altered orthostatic tolerance following 14 days of head-down tilt bed rest (HDBR) was related to inadequate sympathetic outflow or to excessive reductions in cardiac output during a 10- to 15-min head-up tilt (HUT) test. Heart rate, blood pressure (BP, Finapres), muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA, microneurography), and stroke volume blood velocity (SVV, Doppler ultrasound) were assessed during supine 30 degrees (5 min) and 60 degrees (5-10 min) HUT positions in 15 individuals who successfully completed the pre-HDBR test without evidence of orthostatic intolerance. Subjects were classified as being orthostatically tolerant (OT, n = 9) or intolerant (OI, n = 6) following the post-HDBR test. MSNA, BP, and SVV during supine and HUT postures were not altered in the OT group. Hypotension during 60 degrees HUT in the post-bed rest test for the OI group (P < 0.05) was associated with a blunted increase in MSNA (P < 0.05). SVV was reduced following HDBR in the OI group (main effect of HDBR, P < 0.02). The data support the hypothesis that bed rest-induced orthostatic intolerance is related to an inadequate increase in sympathetic discharge that cannot compensate for a greater postural reduction in stroke volume.  (+info)

Differential effects from parapyramidal region and rostral ventrolateral medulla mediated by substance P. (28/951)

Rostral ventrolateral medulla (rVLM) and parapyramidal region (PPr) serve as important medullary control sites for sympathoexcitation. rVLM and PPr have direct projections to the intermediolateral cell column (IML) that are thought to be important in maintaining mean arterial blood pressure (MAP). Substance P (SP) is found in PPr neurons and in and near the subretrofacial area of the rVLM. At least some of these cells project to the IML. We investigated the involvement of SP at the IML in mediating rVLM- and PPr-evoked pressor responses in the chloralose-anesthetized cat. Pressor responses to electrical and chemical PPr and rVLM stimulation were altered after intrathecal injection, at the level of the T1-T3 spinal cord, of either SP antagonist [D-Pro(2), D-Phe(7), D-Trp(9)]-SP, SP antagonist CP 96,345, or SP antiserum. Although MAP and heart rate responses to PPr stimulation were attenuated by intrathecal SP antagonists or antiserum, MAP responses to rVLM stimulation were augmented. Previous studies have revealed differences in transmitters associated with these two areas, even though the general response of both areas is sympathoexcitatory. The present study implies that the identical substance may increase or decrease the MAP response depending on the pathway activated.  (+info)

Evidence for a role for central 5-HT2B as well as 5-HT2A receptors in cardiovascular regulation in anaesthetized rats. (29/951)

1. The effects of injections i.c.v. of quipazine, (2 micromol kg-1) and 1-(2,5-di-methoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (DOI; 2 micromol kg-1) on renal sympathetic and phrenic nerve activity, mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and heart rate were investigated in alpha-chloralose anaesthetized rats pretreated with a peripherally acting 5-HT2 receptor antagonist. 2. Quipazine or DOI caused a rise in MAP which was associated with a tachycardia and renal sympathoinhibition in rats pretreated (i.c.v.) with the antagonist vehicle 10% PEG. These effects of quipazine were completely blocked by pretreatment with cinanserin (a 5-HT2 receptor antagonist) and attenuated by spiperone (a 5-HT2A receptor antagonist). However, pretreatment with SB200646A (a 5-HT2B/2C receptor antagonist) only blocked the sympathoinhibition, while pretreatment with SB204741 (a 5-HT2B receptor antagonist) reversed the sympathoinhibition to excitation as it also did for DOI. Quipazine also caused renal sympathoexcitation in the presence (i.v.) of a vasopressin V1 receptor antagonist. 3. Injection (i.v.) of the V1 receptor antagonist at the peak pressor response evoked by quipazine alone and in the presence of SB204741 caused an immediate fall in MAP. For quipazine alone the renal sympathoinhibition was slowly reversed to an excitation, while the renal sympathoexcitation observed in the presence of SB204741 was potentiated. In both, the quipazine-evoked tachycardia was unaffected. 4. The data indicate that cardiovascular responses caused by i.c.v. quipazine and DOI are primarily due to activation of central 5-HT2A receptors, which causes the release of vasopressin and a tachycardia. This released vasopressin appears to suppress a 5-HT2A receptor-evoked central increase in sympathetic outflow, which involves the activation of central 5-HT2B receptors indirectly by the released vasopressin.  (+info)

Electrocardiographic changes in 1000 highly trained junior elite athletes. (30/951)

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the spectrum of electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in 1000 junior (18 or under) elite athletes. METHODS: A total of 1000 (73% male) junior elite athletes (mean (SD) age 15.7 (1.4) years (range 14-18); mean (SD) body surface area 1.73 (0.17) m2 (range 1.09-2.25)) and 300 non-athletic controls matched for gender, age, and body surface area had a 12 lead ECG examination. RESULTS: Athletes had a significantly higher prevalence of sinus bradycardia (80% v 19%; p<0.0001) and sinus arrhythmia (52% v 9%; p<0.0001) than non-athletes. The PR interval, QRS, and QT duration were more prolonged in athletes than non-athletes (153 (20) v 140 (18) milliseconds (p<0.0001), 92 (12) v 89 (7) milliseconds (p<0.0001), and 391 (27) v 379 (29) milliseconds (p = 0.002) respectively). The Sokolow voltage criterion for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and the Romhilt-Estes points score for LVH was more common in athletes (45% v 23% (p<0.0001) and 10% v 0% (p<0.0001) respectively), as were criteria for left and right atrial enlargement (14% v 1.2% and 16% v 2% respectively). None of the athletes with voltage criteria for LVH had left axis deviation, ST segment depression, deep T wave inversion, or pathological Q waves. ST segment elevation was more common in athletes than non-athletes (43% v 24%; p<0.0001). Minor T wave inversion (less than -0.2 mV) in V2 and V3 was present in 4% of athletes and non-athletes. Minor T wave inversion elsewhere was absent in non-athletes and present in 0.4% of athletes. CONCLUSIONS: ECG changes in junior elite athletes are not dissimilar to those in senior athletes. Isolated Sokolow voltage criterion for LVH is common; however, associated abnormalities that indicate pathological hypertrophy are absent. Minor T wave inversions in leads other than V2 and V3 may be present in athletes and non-athletes less than 16 but should be an indication for further investigation in older athletes.  (+info)

Cardiovascular effects of clonidine-like drugs in pithed rabbits. (31/951)

Administration (3 to 100 microg/kg IV) of clonidine, rilmenidine, and an imidazoline derivative, 2-(2-chlorophenylamino)imidazoline, in pithed nonstimulated rabbits caused a dose-dependent increase in mean arterial pressure without affecting heart rate. Prazosin (0.1 mg/kg IV) almost abolished the pressor responses to 2-(2-chlorophenylamino)imidazoline, partially inhibited those induced by clonidine, but failed to affect those elicited by rilmenidine. In contrast, yohimbine (1 mg/kg IV) blunted the pressor responses of the 3 drugs. In sympathetically stimulated pithed rabbits, 2-(2-chlorophenylamino)imidazoline induced only pressor effects, whereas clonidine and rilmenidine caused a transient pressure increase followed by a dose-dependent depressor effect. Yohimbine abolished the depressor effect of both drugs, which may have involved presynaptic alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. In conclusion, peripheral effects of 2-(2-chlorophenylamino)imidazoline and clonidine involved at least alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptor activation, whereas pressor and depressor effects of rilmenidine were mediated by alpha(2)-adrenoceptors.  (+info)

Association of working hours with biological indices related to the cardiovascular system among engineers in a machinery manufacturing company. (32/951)

A field survey of 278 engineers (20-59 years) in a machinery manufacturing company was conducted to investigate the association of working hours with biological indices related to the cardiovascular system (heart rate variability, blood pressure and serum levels of magnesium, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and cholesterol). Average working hours (defined as <"hours at workplace" + "half a commuting time">) and sleeping hours in this study were 60.2 +/- 6.3 hr/week and 6.6 +/- 0.8 hr/day respectively. There were no significant relationships between working hours and biological indices related to the cardiovascular system, but sleeping hours was closely related to working hours negatively. Furthermore, the serum DHEA-S level was significantly related to sleeping hours positively. Combining these two results, it appeared that long working hours might lower the serum DHEA-S level due to the reduction of sleeping hours.  (+info)