Dec 1, 1996

Hysteresis in atrial refractoriness in the conscious dog: influence of stimulation parameters and control by the autonomic nervous system

Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
M BoucherP Lorente


This work (a) provides evidence for hysteresis in the atrial effective refractory period (AERP) in the conscious dog; (b) studies the main stimulation parameters that may affect this phenomenon; and (c) evaluates the influence of the autonomic nervous system. AERP was measured by the extrastimulus method in the conscious dog with chronic atrioventricular block (n = 6) during the increasing and decreasing phases of an S1S2 fixed protocol. AERP was longer during the increasing phase than during the decreasing phase, thus demonstrating hysteresis, calculated as the difference between the two values. Hysteresis was greater with an S1S1 basic cycle length of 300 ms than with a basic cycle length of 400 ms, 9 +/- 0.9, and 7 +/- 0.9 ms, respectively. It was also greater with trains of six basic cycles before each extrastimulus S2 than with trains of 12 basic cycles, 9 +/- 0.9 and 7 +/- 1.0 ms, respectively. Suppression of vagal tone with atropine reduced hysteresis from 8 +/- 0.6 to 4 +/- 0.6 ms, whereas suppression of cardioaccelerator tone with propranolol increased it from 9 +/- 0.9 to 14 +/- 1.2 ms. These data were confirmed by the neostigmine-induced increase in hysteresis from 8 +/- 0.8 to 11 +/- 0.8 ms and the isoproterenol-ind...Continue Reading

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Autonomic Nervous System Disorders
Entire Autonomic Nervous System
Heart Block
Atropinum, atropine
Atrioventricular Block
Visual Suppression
Refractory Period
Atrial Function

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