Antihypertensive monotherapy and cardiovascular responses to an acoustic startle stimulus.


To determine contribution of the autonomic nervous system to cardiovascular reactivity to noise, acoustic startle stimulus (110 dB, 1-20 kHz, 0.150 s) was administered to 35 subjects (19 women, 16 men) with mild essential hypertension. Among these patients, 10 were unmedicated and 25 were receiving long-term monotherapy (10 were taking 100 mg atenolol, 5… (More)