Both direct and neurally mediated components of the chronotropic actions of aminophylline

Academic Article


  • Aminophylline was selectively perfused through either the sinus node or through the AV (atrioventricular) junction of 35 intact canine hearts in situ. The positive chronotropic action observed was equally powerful in accelerating either sinus rhythm (50 ± 8% increment) or AV junctional rhythm (55 ± 10% increment). This positive chronotropic effect has at least three distinct components: a major direct action on autonomic centers, a lesser effect due to local catecholamine release, and a part due to peripheral vagolytic action.
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  • Chest  Journal
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    Author List

  • Urthaler F; James TN
  • Start Page

  • 24
  • End Page

  • 32
  • Volume

  • 70
  • Issue

  • 1