Effect of Digitalis on Diminished Baroreceptor Sensitivity in Diabetics

Cokkinos, Dennis V.; Haralambakis, Aris G.; Thalassinos, Nicholas C.; Heimonas, Elias T.; Demopoulos, John N.; Voridis, Eutychios M.; Gardikas, Constantine D.
August 1979
Angiology;Aug1979, Vol. 30 Issue 8, p549
Academic Journal
The baroreceptor sensitivity was estimated in 50 normal controls (Group A) and in 50 diabetics of comparable age (Group B). The technique used was infusion of angiotensin (0.5 �g/min) and measurement of the bradycardic response resulting from the increase of blood pressure. The slope was used as an index of baroreceptor sensitivity. Diabetics had significantly lower baroreceptor sensitivity and a higher resting heart rate. Sensitivity decreased with age in both groups. The reproducibility of the method was excellent. Deslanoside-C (0.8 mg) significantly increased the baroreceptor sensitivity in 11 normal controls and 9 diabetics. Very low sensitivity was found in 26 diabetics who had no evidence of orthostatic hypotension, neuropathy, or retinopathy. However all 17 patients with the above findings had very low sensitivity.


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