In this study, we assessed one particular aspect of the arrhythmogenic phenomena that occur during reperfusion secondary to thrombolysis, that is the therein involved metabolic mechanisms. The employed experimental model (isolated Langendorff-perfused rat heart) allowed us to distinguish which factor involved during ischemia, low coronary flow or low oxygen tension, is primarily involved during arrhythmogenesis. This was made possible by comparing two settings characterized by the same oxygen supply, but with different coronary flows and PO2 values, i.e., ischemia and hypoxemia. As expected, the contractile dysfunction was higher during reoxygenation at the end of hypoxemia than during reperfusion at the end of ischemia (p <0.05). However, the incidence of arrhythmias was similar in both cases. Therefore, whereas the contractile dysfunction appears to be more sensitive to coronary flow, the incidence of arrhythmias appears to be more sensitive to the total oxygen supply to the heart. This implies that the mechanisms underlying the development of contractile dysfunction and arrhythmogenesis follow different paths.
|Translated title of the contribution||Thrombolysis & arrhythmias|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine