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April 1940

BLOOD PRESSURES IN AORTIC COARCTATIONSTUDY OF PULSE CONTOURS TAKEN BY THE DIRECT METHOD

Author Affiliations

AUGUSTA, GA.

From the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Department of Medicine, University of Georgia School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(4):752-762. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190100093004
Abstract

Reviews by Abbott1 and Blackford2 have shown that about 300 cases of coarctation of the aorta have been reported. In very few of these cases, however, was the diagnosis made during the life of the patient; and studies of the blood pressure were limited by the methods available for estimating it.3 This communication describes the results of direct optical registration of the blood pressures in various arteries in a case of aortic coarctation when the patient was at rest, during and after temporary occlusion of an artery, coughing and straining, and after administration of epinephrine and of amyl nitrite.

MATERIAL AND METHODS  The subject of these studies, F. H., was a Negro, aged 26, of good physical development but of a very low grade of mentality. On admission to the hospital in 1932, his chief complaint was attacks of pain over the heart and in the left

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