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The pathophysiology of myocardial stunning: reversibility, accumulation and continuity of the ischemic myocardial damage after reperfusion.
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PMID:  1658410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to understand the pathophysiology of myocardial stunning, reversibility, accumulation and continuity of ischemic myocardial damage after reperfusion should be studied. Then, to analyze these three factors, myocardial function, metabolism and morphology under ischemia and reperfusion were studied in anesthetized, open-chest dogs. When myocardial ischemia was induced by occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery, percentage regional systolic shortening (%SS) of ischemic myocardium sharply decreased and became stable 10 min after occlusion. After reperfusion, ischemic myocardium showed active shortening after within 30-min occlusion, but did not after more than 60-min occlusion. During 90-min of ischemia, extracellular K+ concentration (Ke) steeply increased for first 10 min and was almost stable for next 10 min. Then, Ke straightly increased till 90 min. Metabolic rates, calculated from myocardial tissue CO2 and pH, steeply increased for first 20 min and sharply decreased for next 10 min. After 30 min, these two variables were almost stable, near zero. By electron-microscopy with cytochemistry, distribution of Na/K ATPase to myocardial cell membrane was observed to be almost after 15-min occlusion but distinctly sparse with destruction of cell membrane after 30-min occlusion. Therefore, irreversible myocardial damage appears after about 20-min ischemia and is almost complete after 60 min. Reversibility of damage to ischemic myocardium after reperfusion may mainly occur within 60-min ischemia. Although stunned myocardium in a narrow sense is may appear after reperfusion within less than 20-min of ischemia, stunned myocardium in a broad sense may appear within less than 60-min ischemia. When reversible myocardial ischemia (4- or 15-min occlusion) was repeated after short time intervals (20-min reperfusion), %SS of ischemic myocardium was gradually decreased with each ischemic episode. Active shortening of ischemic myocardium disappeared after more than two episodes of 15-min occlusion. Fluctuation of PCO2, pH and Ke of ischemic myocardium was gradually depressed with each occlusion. Metabolic viability of ischemic myocardium was cumulatively depressed by repeated brief occlusion. Naturally, myocardial damage was more severe after repeated 15-min occlusion than after 4-min occlusion. Accumulation of ischemic myocardial damage may arise as brief ischemia, which only induces reversible damage, is repeated. At last, continuity of ischemic myocardial damage was studied. The effect of 5-min occlusion to %SS of ischemic myocardium was apparently reversed after 90-min reperfusion. Early contractile failure was advanced even after very short duration of ischemia. Thus, myocardial function will be latently damaged.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)
M Miura; H Matsu-oka; T Saito; T Kanazawa
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Japanese circulation journal     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0047-1828     ISO Abbreviation:  Jpn. Circ. J.     Publication Date:  1991 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-06     Completed Date:  1991-12-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806868     Medline TA:  Jpn Circ J     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  868-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
Second Department of Internal Medicine, Akita University School of Medicine, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Dioxide / metabolism
Coronary Disease / physiopathology*
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Myocardial Contraction*
Myocardial Reperfusion Injury / physiopathology*
Myocardium / metabolism*,  pathology
Sodium-Potassium-Exchanging ATPase / metabolism
Tissue Survival
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide; EC ATPase

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