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Anrep's effect

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A regulatory mechanism of the heart whereby cardiac performance improves as the afterload (aortic pressure) is increased. It is called homeometric autoregulation because it is independent of muscle length.


  • G. Von Anrep:
    On the part played by the suprarenals in the normal vascular reactions of the body.
    Journal of Physiology, London, 1912, 45:307–317.

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