Cardiorenal-endocrine dynamics during and following volume expansion

R. S. Zimmerman, B. S. Edwards, T. R. Schwab, D. M. Heublein, J. C. Burnett

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The relationship between atrial pressure, atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, and renal hemodynamic and excretory function was examined during and following acute 10% body weight saline volume expansion and measurements were made at 3.3, 6.6, and 10% body weight volume expansion in pentobarbital anesthetized dogs (n = 10). Right atrial pressure (RAP), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), fractional excretion of Na (FE(Na)), and ANP all increased in parallel during volume expansion. Plasma renin activity (PRA) and aldosterone decreased in parallel during 10% volume expansion. Following 10% volume expansion, saline was infused at the peak urine flow rate to maintain peak volume expansion. Despite continued saline infusion, RAP, PCWP, and ANP decreased in parallel. In contrast, FE(Na) remained increased, and aldosterone and PRA remained depressed. These studies demonstrate that atrial pressures, ANP, and FE(Na) increase in parallel during volume expansion; this suggests a role for ANP in modulating acute atrial volume overload. During stable volume expansion periods, however, despite a decrease in ANP levels, Na excretion remains elevated, suggesting that non-ANP mechanisms may be important in maintaining natriuresis during stable volume expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R336-R340
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number2 (21/2)
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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