Absolute blood flow and oxygen consumption in stunned myocardium in patients with coronary artery disease

Edward Barnes, Roger J C Hall, David P. Dutka, Paolo G. Camici

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OBJECTIVES: In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), we sought to demonstrate normal myocardial blood flow (MBF) and myocardial oxygen consumption (MMRO2) to post-ischemic myocardium that exhibited reversible dysfunction and the relation between the severity of the dysfunction and the preceding ischemia. BACKGROUND: In animal models of stunning, MBF and MMRO2 are normal or near normal, and the severity of stunning is related to the degree of the preceding ischemia. METHODS: Myocardial blood flow and MMRO2 were measured using positron emission tomography and oxygen 15-1abelled water (H2 15O) and oxygen 15-labelled oxygen (15O2), respectively, in 14 patients with CAD and normal left ventricular (LV) function. Global ejection fraction and regional LV systolic function (SF) were measured using quantitative echocardiography during and after dobutamine-induced ischemia. RESULTS: Ejection fraction and SF were reduced 30 min after dobutamine (both: p <0.01) but recovered by 120 min. Myocardial blood flow (ml/min per g) to regions with reversible LV dysfunction was normal at baseline and during dysfunction (0.88 [0.82 to 0.99] and 1.09 [0.75 to 1.37], respectively, p = NS) as was MMRO2 (ml/min per 100 g) (16.64 [10.16 to 16.18] and 11.68 [8.43 to 15.30] respectively, p = NS). Left ventricular dysfunction was related to stenosis severity and peak MBF. Regions were divided into those subtended by a stenosis of 80% luminal diameter. Systolic function 30 min after dobutamine was 93.9% (83.4% to 104.4%) (p = NS), 85.4% (80.0% to 90.9%) and 67.4% (56.2% to 78.7%) (both: p <0.001), respectively. Peak MBF was 2.0 (1.71 to 2.31), 1.75 (1.65 to 1.85) (p = 0.01 compared with

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-427
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 6 2002

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