Adrenocortical and Gonadal Steroids in Behavioral Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Cynthia M. Kuhn
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide guidelines for the evaluation of steroid hormone secretion as they relate to cardiovascular function. As aldosterone is covered elsewhere in a discussion of renin—angiotensin—aldosterone secretion (see Atlas, this volume), this chapter will focus on glucocorticoid and gonadal steroids. Parameters relevant to cardiovascular function are emphasized rather than classical endocrinologic methods for assessing adequacy of hormone secretion. This involves somewhat different strategies, as changes in hormone secretion rather than absolute hormone levels are of considerable importance, particularly in understanding the role of behavioral variables in cardiovascular disease.

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Plasma Cortisol Cardiovascular Function Corticotropin Release Factor Cortisol Secretion Gonadal Steroid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia M. Kuhn
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  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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