Targeting cardiac sympatho-vagal imbalance using gene transfer of nitric oxide synthase.
Heightened sympathetic excitation and diminished parasympathetic suppression of heart rate, cardiac contractility and vascular tone are all associated with cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and ischemic heart disease. This phenotype often exists before these disease states have been established and is a strong correlate of mortality in the population. However, the causal role of the autonomic phenotype in the development and maintenance of hypertension and myocardial ischemia remai...Expand abstract
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