The effect of varying the site of acute regional ischemia on nonischemic myocardial function was examined by comparing regional thickening during 2-3 min circumflex (Circ) vs. left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery occlusions in eight open-chest dogs. Cross-sectional midwall two-dimensional echocardiograms were obtained, and systolic thickening was measured at 16 equal-spaced points around the circumference. The distribution and extent of hypoperfusion was assessed by radiolabeled microspheres. The echo slice was subdivided into a hypoperfused region (Hypo), four adjacent nonischemic regions (ADJ1-4), and the remaining remote segments (Remote). The extent of hypoperfusion (%LV mass) was similar with both sets of occlusions (LAD, 29.4 ± 2.8%; Circ, 26.0 ± 4.4%; P = NS), as was endo- and epicardial flow in the nonischemic regions. Yet, even with like-sized Hypo regions, thickening of nonischemic myocardium was significantly greater during Circ than during LAD occlusions (P < 0.001). These results are consistent with recently reported disparities of global functional impairment during LAD vs. Circ ischemia. The responses likely reflect differences in regional wall geometry, loading, and the three-dimensional distribution of coronary hypoperfusion between the two vascular territories.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)