Comparison Between Noninvasive Indices of Baroreceptor Sensitivity and the Phenylephrine Method in Post-Myocardial Infarction Patients

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Abstract

Background

Depressed baroreflex sensitivity obtained by means of a phenylephrine test plays a prognostic role in patients with a previous myocardial infarction. Our purpose was to evaluate the correlation and agreement between the baroreflex sensitivity obtained with phenylephrine and that obtained by two noninvasive methods: the alpha-index and sequence analysis.

Conclusions

The results obtained by means of noninvasive baroreflex sensitivity assessments should not be used in clinical practice as an alternative to those obtained by the phenylephrine method. (Circulation. 1998;97:1362-1367.)

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