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Sodium channel block by ranolazine in an experimental model of stretch-related atrial fibrillation: prolongation of interatrial conduction time and increase in post-repolarization refractoriness.
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PMID:  23376977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: In several clinical and pre-clinical studies, application of ranolazine (RAN) led to suppression of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of the present study was to investigate whether RAN can suppress AF in an experimental rabbit whole heart model, in which acute haemodynamic changes trigger AF. Ranolazine was compared with flecainide and sotalol as established antiarrhythmic agents.METHODS AND RESULTS: In 60 Langendorff-perfused, isolated rabbit hearts, AF episodes were evoked by burst pacing with a fixed number of stimuli at baseline and following acute atrial stretch. Data were obtained in the absence and presence of acute dilatation of the left atrium (20 mmHg) at baseline and after drug application (RAN 10 µM, n = 10; flecainide 2 µM, n = 10; sotalol 50 µM, n = 10). Application of sotalol, but not RAN or flecainide increased the atrial action potential duration at 90% repolarization (aAPD(90)); however, both RAN (+8 ms) and flecainide (+13 ms) increased interatrial conduction time. All three drugs caused a significant increase in atrial effective refractory period (aERP) and, thus, an increase in atrial post-repolarization refractoriness (aPRR: +11 ms each, P < 0.05). Acute dilatation of the left atrium reduced aAPD(90) and aERP. The described drug effects were preserved in the setting of acute atrial dilatation. Acute atrial dilatation significantly increased the incidence of AF. Ranolazine and flecainide, but not sotalol, decreased the number of responses.CONCLUSION: Ranolazine-related sodium channel block is preserved upon acute atrial stretch. Ranolazine suppresses stretch-induced AF by increasing interatrial conduction time and aPRR. These results shed further evidence on the potential role of RAN in the prevention of AF. This might also apply to clinical conditions that are associated with haemodynamic or mechanical disorders, leading to acute dilatation of the atria.
Peter Milberg; Gerrit Frommeyer; Shokoufeh Ghezelbash; Sridharan Rajamani; Nani Osada; Radu Razvan; Luiz Belardinelli; Günter Breithardt; Lars Eckardt
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  Europace     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100883649     Medline TA:  Europace     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Electrophysiology, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University Hospital of Münster, Albert-Schweitzer Campus 1, D-48149 Münster, Germany.
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