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Preserved cardiovascular reflex regulation in patients with continuous flow left ventricular assist device

      The superior clinical outcome of new continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) compared with pulsatile devices challenges the physiological dogma that cardiovascular autonomic regulation requires pulsatile blood flow and pressure. We hypothesized that continuous flow LVAD impairs baroreflex regulation of heart rate (HR) and sympathetic nerve traffic (MSNA).
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