N-type calcium channel blocker, cilnidipine, is reported not to increase the heart rate in spite of the strong depressor effect. However, it has not been determined whether cilnidipine has the sympatho-inhibitory effects or not. Moreover, the effect of cilnidipine on the baroreflex control has not been determined. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of cilnidipine on sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve activity, and baroreflex sensitivity. We studied five hypertensive patients treated with 10 mg cilnidipine (10-mg group) and five hypertensive patients treated with 20 mg cilnidipine (20-mg group). Before the treatment and 6 months after the treatment, we measured the blood pressure, spontaneous baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), heart rate variability (HRV), and blood pressure variability (BPV). After 6 months, systolic blood pressure (SBP) and the low-frequency component of systolic BPV expressed in normalized units (LFnuSBP), as the parameter of sympathetic nerve activity, was significantly decreased in both groups, and the suppressive effects were stronger in the 20-mg group than in the 10-mg group. The high-frequency component of HRV expressed in normalized units, as the parameter of parasympathetic nerve activity, and BRS were significantly increased in 20-mg group, but not significant in 10-mg group. These results suggest that 6 months treatment with cilnidipine for hypertension has the sympatho-inhibtory effect, and that high-dose cilnidipine improves the parasympathetic nerve activity and baroreflex control in patients with hypertension.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Internal Medicine