Does the intravenous infusion of ritodrine or magnesium sulfate alter the hemodynamic response to hemorrhage in gravid ewes?

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Does the intravenous infusion of ritodrine or magnesium sulfate alter the hemodynamic response to hemorrhage in gravid ewes?

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether the intravenous infusion of ritodrine or magnesium sulfate alters the hemodynamic response to maternal hemorrhage in gravid ewes. Twenty-seven experiments were performed in 12 chronically instrumented animals at 0.8 of timed gestation. Each animal was subjected to hemorrhage (20 ml/kg over 60 minutes) during infusion of ritodrine (0.004 mg/kg/min), magnesium sulfate (4 gm/hour), or saline solution control. Infusion of magnesium sulfate increased the mean (+/- SEM) maternal serum magnesium concentration to 4.8 +/- 0.2 mg/dl before hemorrhage and 5.3 +/- 0.3 mg/dl after hemorrhage. At the end of hemorrhage maternal mean arterial pressures were 63% +/- 4%, 82% +/- 2%, and 79% +/- 6% of baseline in the magnesium sulfate, ritodrine, and control groups, respectively. The maternal mean arterial pressure response in the magnesium sulfate group differed significantly from the maternal mean arterial pressure responses in the ritodrine and contro

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