Activating the arterial baroreceptors blunts pain sensation and produces other forms of central nervous system inhibition in animals. These effects may be important to blood pressure regulation but have not been rigorously verified in humans. We describe (i) a noninvasive behaviorally unbiased method for baroreceptor stimulation and (ii) the application of this method to measurement of baroreceptor-mediated attenuation of pain perception and of the Achilles tendon reflex. The findings are relevant to basic mechanisms of blood pressure stabilization and cardiovascular reactivity and may also have implications for noncompliance with antihypertensive medications and for the pathophysiology of essential hypertension.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 5 1994|
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