Characteristics of the distribution of plasma atrial natriuretic peptides in a cross-sectional study of middle-aged untreated male workers

F. P. Cappuccio, G. A. MacGregor, P. Strazzullo, G. A. Sagnella, L. Iacoviello, M. G. Buckley, E. Farinaro, M. Mancini

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Abstract

The distribution of the plasma levels of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and their statistical correlates were studied in a random sample of 306 untreated male workers in southern Italy. Plasma ANP was not normally distributed in the population sample, with values skewed to the right and significantly shifted from the normal Gaussian curve (p = 0.003). In a multivariate analysis, plasma ANP was independently and positively related to age (p <0.001), urinary sodium excretion (p <0.01), and inversely related to creatinine clearance (p <0.02). These variables explained more than 12% of the variability of plasma levels of ANP. These findings confirm, in a random sample of untreated male workers, the importance of age and renal function in predicting ANP levels in the plasma and emphasize the potential importance of ANP in the control of sodium excretion in humans under free living conditions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Volume13
Issue numberSUPPL. 6
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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Cappuccio, F. P., MacGregor, G. A., Strazzullo, P., Sagnella, G. A., Iacoviello, L., Buckley, M. G., Farinaro, E., & Mancini, M. (1989). Characteristics of the distribution of plasma atrial natriuretic peptides in a cross-sectional study of middle-aged untreated male workers. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 13(SUPPL. 6).