In a prior study, catecholamine levels were persistently higher in the carotid than the femoral artery wall. In the present study, catecholamine contents of various artery walls were determined. Renal arteries averaged the highest content of norepinephrine, femorals the lowest; carotids were midway between. Differences in catecholamine values in various conduit vessels may be assumed to be related to adrenergic innervation of the vascular bed supplied. Exogenous administration of adrenergic transmitter substances may cause undesirable events in vascular beds in which physiologic release of catecholamines has been stimulated.

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