Sex and age have important influences on sympathetic neural control of blood pressure in humans. Young women are relatively protected against risk of hypertension due to greater peripheral vasodilator influences compared with young men and older people. This protective effect is lost at menopause. Older men and women have higher sympathetic nerve activity and tighter coupling between SNA and blood pressure, contributing to the increased risk of hypertension with aging.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physiology (Bethesda, Md.)|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2014|
- Blood Pressure
- Sex Characteristics
- Sympathetic Nervous System