Plasma concentrations of immunoreactive atrial natriuretic factor were considerably increased (mean 745 (376) pg/ml) in 15 patients during spontaneous ventricular tachycardia. There was no significant relation, however, between concentrations of plasma atrial natriuretic factor and systolic arterial blood pressure during tachycardia. Samples taken 30 minutes and 24 hours after reversion of ventricular tachycardia to sinus rhythm showed that, although plasma concentrations of atrial natriuretic factor had fallen significantly, they were still raised after 24 hours. Raised concentrations of atrial natriuretic factor during ventricular tachycardia did not seem to contribute significantly to the hypotension that is often associated with the arrhythmia.
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