Protective role of endogenous cardiac natriuretic peptide/GC-A system on the maternal heart during the postpartum period

Volume overload during pregnancy results in transient and reversible cardiac hypertrophy in pregnant females. Endogenous atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) acts through the common receptor, guanylyl cyclase-A (GC-A) to lower blood pressure, induce diuresis/natriuresis, and dilate blood vessels. Although the roles of… CONTINUE READING