Acute Effects of Vagotomy on Baroreflex Equilibrium Diagram in Rats with Chronic Heart Failure.Clin Med Insights Cardiol. 2016; 10:139-47.CM
The arterial baroreflex system can be divided into the neural arc, from pressure input to efferent sympathetic nerve activity (SNA), and the peripheral arc, from SNA to arterial pressure (AP). Plotting the neural and peripheral arcs on a pressure-SNA plane yields a baroreflex equilibrium diagram. We examined the effects of vagotomy on the open-loop static characteristics of the carotid sinus baroreflex in normal control rats (NC, n = 10) and rats with heart failure after myocardial infarction (MI, n = 10). In the NC group, vagotomy shifted the neural arc toward higher SNA and decreased the slope of the peripheral arc. Consequently, the operating-point SNA increased without a significant change in the operating-point AP on the baroreflex equilibrium diagram. These vagotomy-induced effects were not observed in the MI group, suggesting a loss of vagal modulation of the carotid sinus baroreflex function in heart failure.