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Distension of the Ischemic Region Predicts Increased Ventricular Fibrillation Inducibility Following Coronary Occlusion in Swine.
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PMID:  23146218     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Distension of the ischemic region has been related to an increased incidence of spontaneous ventricular arrhythmias following coronary occlusion. This study analyzed whether regional ischemic distension predicts increased ventricular fibrillation inducibility after coronary occlusion in swine. METHODS: In 18 anesthetized, open-chest pigs, the left anterior descending coronary artery was ligated for 60min. Myocardial segment length in the ischemic region was monitored by means of ultrasonic crystals. Programmed stimulation was applied at baseline and then continuously between 10 and 60min after coronary occlusion. RESULTS: Coronary occlusion induced a rapid increase in end-diastolic length in the ischemic region, which reached 109.4% (0.9%) of baseline values 10min after occlusion (P<.001). On average, 6.6 (0.5) stimulation protocols were completed and 5.4 (0.6) ventricular fibrillation episodes induced between 10 and 60min of coronary occlusion. Neither baseline serum potassium levels nor the size of the ischemic region were significantly related to ventricular fibrillation inducibility. In contrast, the increase in end-diastolic length 10min after coronary occlusion was associated directly (r=0.67; P=.002) with the number of induced ventricular fibrillation episodes and inversely (r=-0.55; P=.018) with the number of extrastimuli needed for ventricular fibrillation induction. CONCLUSIONS: Regional ischemic expansion predicts increased ventricular fibrillation inducibility following coronary occlusion. These results highlight the potential influence of mechanical factors, acting not only on the triggers but also on the substrate, in the genesis of malignant ventricular arrhythmias during acute ischemia. Full English text available from:
José A Barrabés; Jaume Figueras; Jaume Candell-Riera; Luis Agulló; Javier Inserte; David Garcia-Dorado
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista espanola de cardiologia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1579-2242     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Esp Cardiol     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0404277     Medline TA:  Rev Esp Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG; SPA     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.
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Vernacular Title:
La distensión de la región isquémica predice una mayor inducibilidad de fibrilación ventricular tras la oclusión coronaria en el modelo porcino.
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