Lack of reflex increase in myocardial sympathetic tone after captopril: potential antianginal effect

P DalyJ H Burgess


Many vasodilators have been tried as antianginal agents, but the reflex increase in sympathetic tone produced by these drugs necessitate their use with caution in patients with angina. In the first part of this study, captopril was given to 14 patients with angina and systolic arterial pressures of greater than 120 mm Hg. Over the short term, captopril decreased arterial blood pressure (from 110 +/- 18 to 98 +/- 18 mm Hg, p less than .01) without increasing heart rate (75 +/- 15 vs 74 +/- 15 beats/min), arterial concentrations of epinephrine (0.38 +/- 0.28 vs 0.34 +/- 0.25 nM) or norepinephrine (2.7 +/- 2.1 vs 2.8 +/- 2.1 nM), or transmyocardial norepinephrine balance (216 +/- 254 vs 146 +/- 170 p mol/min). Captopril decreased average myocardial oxygen consumption (9.7 +/- 4.1 to 8.2 +/- 2.7 ml/min, p less than .01). Given over the long term (mean 5.5 months), captopril decreased the severity of angina from NYHA classification 3.0 +/- 0.8 to 1.6 +/- 0.8. In the second part of this study, captopril was given in a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to 21 patients with stable exercise-induced angina and systolic arterial pressures greater than 120 mm Hg. Captopril increased exercise time (309 +/- 137 v...Continue Reading


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