Carotid baroreceptor unloading decreases plasma atrial natriuretic factor in hypertensive patients.

Atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) release is known to be regulated by distension of the atrial wall; other factors affecting ANF secretion have not yet been defined. In order to evaluate the effects of the reflex activation of the sympathetic nervous system on ANF plasma levels, in 11 patients with essential hypertension progressive deactivation of carotid… (More)