In an article by L. Gao et al in the June 2005 issue of Hypertension (Gao L, Schultz HD, Patel KP, Zucker IH, Wang W. Augmented input from cardiac sympathetic afferents inhibits baroreflex in rats with heart failure. Hypertension. 2005;45:1173–1181), the authors mistakenly omitted a relevant reference. In a study by L Mircoli et al (Mircoli L, Fedele L, Benetti M, Bolla GB, Radaelli A, Perlini S, Ferrari AU. Preservation of the baroreceptor heart rate reflex by chemical sympathectomy in experimental heart failure. Circulation. 2002;106:866–872) these authors showed that chronic chemical sympathectomy normalized arterial baroreflex function in rats with myocardial infarctions. Whereas the authors’ study focused on cardiac sympathetic afferent function in chronic heart failure, the study by Mircoli et al clearly suggests that interruption of sympathetic function may be a novel strategy for normalization of baroreflex function and perhaps myocardial function in an early stage of myocardial infarction.
The authors apologize for this oversight.