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Endogenous cannabinoids improve myocardial resistance to arrhythmogenic effects

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Stimulation of cannabinoid receptors with endogenous cannabinoid anandamide and its enzyme-resistant analogue R-(+)-methanandamide improved cardiac resistance to arrhythmias induced by coronary occlusion and reperfusion. This antiarrhythmic effect was not associated with activation of NO synthase, since pretreatment with NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester had no effect on the incidence of ischemia/reperfusion-induced arrhythmias. Blockade of ATP-dependent K+ channels with glybenclamide did not abolish the antiarrhythmic effect of R-(+)-methanandamide. Antiarrhythmic activity of endogenous cannabinoids is probably associated with their direct effects on the myocardium.

Source: Pubmed.gov
 
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