The Frequency-Dependent Nature of Blood Pressure Regulation by the Carotid Sinus Studied with an Electric Analog
Amplification of carotid sinus activity of a dog is brought about through the use of an electric analog of the carotid sinus applied in parallel with this element of the dog's own pressure regulating system. Sinusoidal excursions in arterial pressure in response to corresponding variations, between fixed limits, in rate of stimulus of one vagus nerve were larger with carotid sinus amplification than without it. Evidence presented supports the concept that because of the delay in the response of arteriolar smooth muscle, effective buffering of sudden variations in arterial pressure cannot be accomplished by variations in resistance, but can be through variations in flow.
- Received August 12, 1957.
- © 1958 American Heart Association, Inc.