Other known aliases – Atrial Reflex
Definition – Compensatory increase in heart rate caused by a rise in right atrial pressure. Opposite of carotid baroreceptors.
Clinical Significance – Respiratory sinus arrythmia. Inspiration causes increased venous return.
History – Described by Francis Arthur Bainbridge in 1915
Hakumäki MO. Seventy years of the Bainbridge reflex. Acta physiologica Scandinavica. 1987;130(2):177-85. [pubmed]
- Firkin BG and Whitwirth JA. Dictionary of Medical Eponyms. 2nd ed. New York, NY; Parthenon Publishing Group. 1996.