An improved method for coronary sinus blood flow monitoring by intravascular Doppler technique

P. Vandoni, R. Perondi, A. Saino, G. Pomidossi, M. Ciulla, R. Paliotti, G. Tortora, P. Valentini, F. Magrini

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In order to obtain accurate measurements of coronary sinus blood flow (CSBF), a new catheter (7 French) with a radiopaque, flexible, and basket- shaped tip was developed for guiding a standard 3 Fr Doppler catheter in the coronary sinus (CS) in man. The radiopaque 'basket' tip of the catheter allows the operator to stabilize the position of the Doppler transducer in the center of the CS and to accurately measure the CS internal diameter radiologically. CSBF was calculated as the product of CS cross-sectional area by mean CSBF velocity. Doppler-derived CSBF values at rest and during handgrip were compared with those obtained by the local thermodilution technique in 16 patients undergoing diagnostic coronary angiography. During handgrip, mean CSBF increased from 154 ± 23 (rest) to 299 ± 34 mL/min by the Doppler method and from 148 ± 22 to 288 ± 32 mL/min by the thermodilution technique. A good correlation (r = 0.86) between the CSBF values with the two techniques was observed. The authors conclude that the intravascular Doppler technique associated with the use of the basket guide catheter provides an accurate and simple tool for monitoring CSBF in patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-984
Number of pages10
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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