R R Quesnell

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1. Pregnancy-induced changes in acute blood pressure regulation are reviewed. 2. Pregnant animals are less able to maintain arterial pressure during haemorrhage than non-pregnant animals. 3. Baroreceptor reflex-mediated increases in heart rate, renal sympathetic activity, vasopressin, ACTH and cortisol are reduced during pregnancy. Therefore, one(More)
Experiments were performed in conscious rabbits to investigate when during pregnancy cardiac baroreceptor reflex gain decreases. A decrease in gain was first observed after 3 weeks of gestation (-34.1 +/- 4.9 to -15.7 +/- 3.1 beats/min/mm Hg, p < 0.05) and became more pronounced after 4 weeks (-30.2 +/- 4.7 to -8.6 +/- 2.9 beats/min/mm Hg, p < 0.05). These(More)
This study tests the hypothesis that conscious rabbits late in pregnancy (P), but not at midgestation (MP), are less able to maintain arterial pressure during hemorrhage. Blood volume (BV) was elevated (P < 0.05) by an average of 13 +/- 4 (MP) and 35 +/- 3% (P). Rabbits were bled in both the nonpregnant (NP) and P state at 2% of the initial BV per minute.(More)
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