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New technique measures decreased transmural myocardial pressure in cardiomyoplasty.
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PMID:  8787462     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: We introduce the use of a fluid-filled balloon, interposed between myocardium and latissimus dorsi (LD), as a new technique to measure transmural myocardial pressure in an acute goat model of dynamic cardiomyoplasty. METHODS: A half-ellipsoidal balloon, composed of polychloryl vinyl layers, was sutured to the atrioventricular groove in 5 goats, thereby completely enveloping both ventricles. Left LD dynamic cardiomyoplasty was then performed, anchoring the LD to the felt sewing skirt of the balloon so that the LD completely covered the balloon. Left ventricular pressure and balloon pressure were measured with the stimulator in the 1:2 mode as balloon volume was varied. RESULTS: Average transmural myocardial pressure, defined as left ventricular pressure minus balloon pressure, decreased from 34.4 mm Hg to 15.6 mm Hg during stimulator-on beats (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: These results support the conclusion that dynamic cardiomyoplasty unloads the left ventricle by decreasing wall stress. Furthermore, transmural myocardial pressure decreased more when balloon volume was increased, implying that the LD sarcomere length has an effect on wall stress. A balloon may therefore allow optimization of LD sarcomere length and thus assisted cardiac performance.
F Y Chen; L Aklog; B J deGuzman; R G Laurence; G S Couper; R F Appleyard; L H Cohn; T A McMahon
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  60     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  1995 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-24     Completed Date:  1996-09-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1678-82     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta / physiology
Cardiomyoplasty / methods*
Heart / physiology*
Stroke Volume
Ventricular Pressure

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