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The Nervous System and the Heart

  • Gert J. Ter Horst

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Autonomic Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Simon J. Crick, Mary N. Sheppard, Robert H. Anderson
      Pages 3-54
    3. Gert J. Ter Horst
      Pages 55-115
    4. Ruud M. Buijs, Michael L. H. J. Hermes, Jiapei Dai, Frank Scheer, Andries Kalsbeek
      Pages 117-157
    5. David F. Cechetto
      Pages 159-179
    6. Vilho V. Myllylä, Juha T. Korpelainen, Uolevi Tolonen, Hannele Havanka, Anne Saari
      Pages 181-237
  3. The Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Adrenal System and the Heart

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Béla Bohus, S. Michiel Korte
      Pages 241-264
  4. Heart Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Björn E. Eriksson, Christer Sylvén
      Pages 267-301
    3. Kevin A. Keay, Colin I. Clement, Richard Bandler
      Pages 303-342
    4. Robert D. Foreman
      Pages 343-363
    5. Stuart D. Rosen
      Pages 365-411
  5. Humoral Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 413-413
    2. Mike J. L. DeJongste, Gert J. Ter Horst
      Pages 467-487
  6. Heart Disease and Brain Dysfunction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 489-489
    2. Dorien M. Tulner, Hans. A. den Boer
      Pages 491-546
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 547-564

About this book


In The Nervous System and the Heart, Gert Ter Horst and a panel of distinguished authorities illuminate the complexities and importance of heart-brain and brain-heart interactions in human health. These well-regarded experts critically review what is known about autonomic control of the heart, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal modulation, heart pain, modulation by humoral factors, and the relationship between cognitive/neuropsychiatric disorders and heart disease. Other topics treated include the role of the corticosteroids in both the cardiovascular control circuitry and the myocardium, the role of cytokines in cardiovascular regulation and in the process of arteriosclerotic plaque formation, and the occurrence of mood disorders in heart disease patients.
Highly relevant and up-to-date, The Nervous System and the Heart offers the first comprehensive treatment of the important mutual interactions of the heart and the brain. By integrating specialist knowledge in cardiology with that from neuroscience, this important book constitutes a brilliant guide to today's novel approaches to neural control of the heart and the prospects for consequent reduction of cardiovascular mortality.


Nervous System cardiovascular cardiovascular regulation neuroscience physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Gert J. Ter Horst
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Nervous System and the Heart
  • Editors Gert J. Ter Horst
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2000
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-693-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-139-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-713-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 564
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
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"This book. . .ably edited by Gert J. Ter Horst, brings together the state-of-the-art knowledge on autonomic control of the heart, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal modulation, heart pain, modulation by humoral factors and the relationship between cognitive/neurospychiatric disorders and heart disease. The importance of these interactions cannot be overstressed, not only for understanding cardziac function and physiology, but also for its impact on sudden cardiac death."-From the Foreword by Douglas P. Zipes, MD

"This is an excellent resource for medical students, researchers, and clinicians (including neurologists, cardiologists, and psychiatrists). . .This is a very timely and successful attempt to synthesize a huge amount of new information regarding complex neurocardiac interactions in one book."-Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

"This book is well-designed,written by experts in their field and contains many interesting and thought-provoking ideas. It is an excellent description of the state of knowledge in this very important field. It is a reference text for clinicians, mainly those working in the domains of cardiology, cardiac surgery, internal medicine and neuropsychiatry, but also for physiologists interested in the interactions of that cardiovascular and nervous system."-Acta Cardiologica