PMID: 6489531Nov 1, 1984Paper

Parasympathetic control of coronary blood flow

Federation Proceedings
E O Feigl


Active parasympathetic coronary vasodilation in excess of any changes in myocardial metabolism has been observed in a number of circumstances. Electrical stimulation of the cardiac end of the cut vagus nerve produces a cholinergic coronary vasodilation that is blocked by atropine. Activation of carotid body chemoreceptors, carotid sinus baroreceptors, or left ventricular receptors elicits reflex parasympathetic coronary vasodilation. The coronary vasodilation produced by these reflexes can be prevented by vagotomy or atropine. The relative importance of parasympathetic coronary control in relation to sympathetic and local metabolic coronary control awaits further research.

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