New hopes for dynamic cardiomyoplasty from use of Doppler flow wire in evaluation of demand stimulation

G. L. Rigatelli, U. Carraro, M. Barbiero, M. Zanchetta, G. Rigatelli

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Background. There are no data regarding real cardiac assistance in demand dynamic cardiomyoplasty (DDCMP). A test of the use of Doppler flow wire is presented to demonstrate cardiac assistance in DDCMP. Methods. Comparative study in hospitalized care. A peripheral Flex™ Doppler flow wire of 0.018 inch was advanced through a 4F introducer femoral arterial in seven DDCMP patients (age = 57.1±6.2 years; NYHA= 1.4±0.5). A short period of 10 sec with stimulator off and a following period of 15 sec with clinical stimulation were recorded. We measured the maximum peak aortic flow velocity (MPAV) in all beats. Latissimus dorsi (LD) mechanogram was simultaneously recorded. Results. Statistical analysis showed an increase not only in MPAV in assisted period versus rest, but also in assisted beats versus unassisted (8.42±6.98% and 7.55±3.07%). Conclusions. Intravascular Doppler proved real systolic assistance in DDCMP; in DDCMP systolic assistance is correlated to the LD wrap speed of contraction, suggesting that demand stimulation could be the most effective protocol in dynamic cardiomyoplasty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Cardiomyoplasty
  • Heart failure, congestive
  • Heart, ultrasonography
  • Skeletal muscle ventricle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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