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Increased Arterial Potassium Levels May Contribute to the Drive to Breathe at Very High Altitude

  • David J. Paterson
  • Piers C. G. Nye

Abstract

This work reports observations on the excitation of arterial chemoreceptors by potassium and how this excitation is affected by hypoxia and hypercapnia. It is, partly for topical reasons, wrapped in the story of Mabel Fitzgerald’s visit to Colorado in 1911.

Keywords

Ventilatory Response Plasma Potassium Rectangular Hyperbola Carotid Sinus Nerve Vertical Asymptote 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Paterson
    • 1
  • Piers C. G. Nye
    • 1
  1. 1.University Laboratory of PhysiologyOxfordEngland

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