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What is a pivotal in the measurement of blood pressure in the laboratory?


A unit that is surgically implanted into the belly of the rat that is linked to wires that connect to the major arteries to record blood pressure. The inductive baseplate then can maintain charge and record the blood pressure through wireless transmission.


What are some short facts on hypertension;

•1 in 5 people have hypertension.

•The higher the blood pressure, the greater the cardiovascular risk.

•The longer the duration of hypertension, the greater the cardiovascular risk.


Consequences of hypertension;

- Heart Attack
- Stroke
- Renal Failure
- Heart Failure


What is the relationship between risk of cardiovascular death and hypertension?

Somewhat linear

120mmHg ~1X
160mmHg ~2X
180mmHg ~3-4X


How does the sympathetic nerve activity relate to disease?

Increases down this list

- Control
- Hypertension
- Obesity
- Congestive Heart Failure
- CHF + O

Chronic sympathetic hyperactivity = bad
Acute is fine i.e flight or fight


What is noted about SNA?

Its burst activity


What is an old way to measure SNA?


•Impale peroneal nerve with tungsten carbide electrode

•Permits direct recording of nerve activity


Why dont we measure in human patients all the time then?

•Only short term measurements possible (minutes to an hour or two)
•Difficult to compare between subjects, or even within one subject over time (variability)
•Can be hard to recruit patients –procedure invasive and slightly painful
•High technical difficulty


What is the best model and why?

•Variety of cardiovascular disease modele.g. SHR, SHR-SP, Dahl-SS etc
.•Easy for surgical manipulation compared to mice
•Easily bred, short gestation period


What was the problem with tethered rats?

•Definitive data can only come from conscious, unrestrained animals

.•Long term measurement of signals is required for a full understanding of chronic disease mechanisms disease.


What were the tethered methods of measuring blood pressure in rats?

1. Tail-cuff methodTo Pressure Transducer
2. Catheter implantation & tethering
3. Radio-telemetry


What is the problem with the tail cut off measurement?

White coat hypertension


How does the ratiotelemetry measure blood pressure;

Ring electrodes around the renal nerve


What is a practical consideration for rat mdoels?

You have to wait around three weeks for blood pressure to return to normal post surgery


What can be done to normalise RSNA?

- Nasopharyngeal activation (nicotene) 100%
- Home cage ~8%
- Ganglionic Blockade (0%)


Whats role does chemoreceptors in SNA?

Peripheral Chemoreceptor Afferent Drive is Pro-Sympatho-Excitatory in SH Rats

Ablation of carotid bodies drops SNA (56%)!!!!!!!!!!


What is the function of ablating the SNA

could be a potential treatment in disease states with heightened SNA (as this causes further disease)


What are the conclusions of radio telemetry?

•Radio-telemetry provides a non-invasive way of recording arterial pressure remotely from conscious rats (and mice) without stress

•Radio-telemetry is an ideal technique for long term (e.g. months) recording of arterial pressure.

•A thorough analysis of cardiovascular sympathetic and parasympathetic activities can be evaluated by performing power spectral analysis of frequencies from the pulsatile arterial pressure signal.