Atrial natriuretic factor: response to cardiac operation.


Patients who undergo cardiopulmonary bypass experience derangements of complement activation, prostaglandin metabolism, and catecholamine secretion, which have all been posited to explain postoperative fluid retention and paroxysmal hypertension. Atrial natriuretic factor, a hormonal peptide released by the cardiac atria, regulates vascular volume by… (More)