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Study of Norepinephrine Levels and Sympathetic Nervous System Activity

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

Brain and nerve cells communicate with each other by releasing and picking up chemicals called neurotransmitters. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter used by part of the nervous system activated during stress called the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is involved with regulating blood pressure and pulse rate. Researchers believe the level norepinephrine in the blood can be used to measure activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

This study is designed to answer important questions about rates of release of norepinephrine into the blood stream, removal of released norepinephrine, and the sympathetic nervous system response to stress.

Researchers will attempt to measure levels of norepinephrine and activity of the sympathetic nervous system in patients with high blood pressure, normal patients with family histories of high blood pressure, patients taking drugs that can effect levels of norepinephrine, and patients with diseases or conditions directly affecting the sympathetic nervous system.

Condition or disease
Autonomic Nervous System Disease Healthy Hypertension

Detailed Description:
In order to examine sympathetic nervous system function in neurocardiological disorders and catecholaminergic effects of dietary manipulations or neuropsychiatric drugs, the protocol calls for evaluations of the kinetics of 3H-norepinephrine or 3H-epinephrine in patients with hypertension, dysautonomias, or disorders thought to involve abnormal catecholaminergic function, and in normotensive normal volunteers. Apparent spillover and clearance rates are estimated based on the norepinephrine or epinephrine concentration during the infusion and their steady-state specific activities, under resting conditions and in response to physiological or pharmacological manipulations thought to affect sympathetic outflows.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 50 participants
Official Title: Plasma Catecholamine Kinetics
Study Start Date : September 1992
Study Completion Date : September 2002

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Must be greater than or equal to 18 years of age.

Must not be pregnant or lactating.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001329

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United States, Maryland
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00001329     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 920259
First Posted: November 4, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: September 2002

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Sympathoadrenal Response
Sympathetic Nervous System
Autonomic Failure

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Autonomic Nervous System Diseases
Primary Dysautonomias
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Vasoconstrictor Agents