The Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System in Congestive Heart Failure

  • G. A. Turini
  • H. R. Brunner

Abstract

Patients with congestive heart failure often reach a state when the compensatory increase in vascular tone impairs pump performance. They fail to excrete sodium and lack the ability to maintain normal sodium balance. During recent years, it has been shown that renin, via angiotensin II, plays an important role in blood pressure homeostasis and in various forms of hypertensive diseases. It has also become apparent that it participates in the vasoconstriction of congestive heart failure, and may contribute to its impaired sodium-handling.

Keywords

Proline Polypeptide Angiotensin Prostaglandin Noradrenaline 

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