Central serotonergic agents raise the repetitive extrasystole threshold of the vulnerable period of the canine ventricular myocardium.
Systemic administration of three central serotonergic agents, melatonin, 5-methoxytryptophol, and 6-chloro-2-(1-piperazinyl)-pyrazine (MK-212), produced significant increases in the threshold of the vulnerable period for repetitive electrical activity in the canine cardiac ventricle. MK-212 was effective despite bilateral vagotomy. The specific serotonin antagonist, metergoline, blocked the effect of MK-212 on the threshold. An increase in central serotonergic activity may inhibit the flow of arrhythmogenic sympathetic nerve traffic from the brain to the heart.
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