Cardiovascular effects of insulin.Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6007.430 (Published 21 February 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:430
- M M Page,
- R B Smith,
- P J Watkins
Insulin increased the heart rates of seven diabetics with normal cardiovascular reflexes. This effect, which was not due to hypoglycaemia, was greater in the upright than in the supine position and was produced by as little as one unit given intravenously. This increase in heart rate may be a compensatory response to maintain cardiac output.