Clinical application of monitoring techniques: Coronary sinus blood flow monitoring

G. Specchia, S. De Servi, E. Poma

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Measurement of coronary sinus blood flow by continuous thermodilution is a well established technique for the clinical study of myocardial perfusion. More recently, advances in catheter technology enabled regional left ventricular flow measurements. In particular, measurement of flow from the great carotid vein appears to accurately reflect the perfusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. This regional approach allowing the correlation with coronary arterial anatomy, has contributed to an improved understanding of the mechanisms by which functional factors interact with organic narrowing in the genesis of myocardial ischemia at rest, during provocative tests and during exercise. In addition, it has provided useful information in the evaluation of antianginal drugs through the discrimination between the effects on coronary resistance and myocardial oxygen consumption.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Cardiology
Issue numberSUPPL. A
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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