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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,


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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