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Neth Heart J. 2013 Feb;21(2):61-3. doi: 10.1007/s12471-012-0349-8.

Clinical value of baroreflex sensitivity.

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Department of Cardiology, Fondazione "Salvatore Maugeri", IRCCS, Istituto Scientifico di Montescano, Montescano, Pavia, Italy, mariateresa.larovere@fsm.it.

Abstract

The arterial baroreflex is an important determinant of the neural regulation of the cardiovascular system. It has been recognised that baroreflex-mediated sympathoexcitation contributes to the development and progression of many cardiovascular disorders. Accordingly, the quantitative estimation of the arterial baroreceptor-heart rate reflex (baroreflex sensitivity, BRS), has been regarded as a synthetic index of neural regulation at the sinus atrial node. The evaluation of BRS has been shown to provide clinical and prognostic information in a variety of cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction and heart failure that are reviewed in the present article.

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