The endocrine functions of all tissues, including the heart, are being delineated in more detail as our understanding of cellular biology unfolds. Natriuretic peptides form an important counterregulatory system to balance the effects of sympathetic neurohormones. As we learn to intervene with therapeutic manipulations of this system, critical care practitioners will be involved in the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of new cardiovascular therapies.
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AS Collins; More than a pump: the endocrine functions of the heart. Am J Crit Care 1 March 2001; 10 (2): 94–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2001.10.2.94
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