Adverse effects of chronic cardiac denervation in conscious dogs with myocardial ischemia

M. Lavallee, J. Amano, S. F. Vatner, W. T. Manders, W. C. Randall, J. X. Thomas

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The extent to which total chronic cardiac denervation protects the ischemic myocardium was investigated in conscious dogs. The major hemodynamic difference after coronary artery occlusion was that left ventricular end-diastolic pressure rose significantly more, P < 0.01, in the denervated group (12 ± 1.5 mm Hg) than in the normal group (4.4 ± 1.4 mm Hg). Blood flow (radioactive microspheres) in the ischemic endo- and epicardium fell to similar levels at 3-5 minutes after coronary occlusion, but was significantly less (P < 0.01) in denervated dogs at 3 hours after occlusion in the endo- (0.05 ± 0.01) and epicardium (0.30 ± 0.02 ml/min per g), than in the endo- (0.13 ± 0.03) and epicardium (0.42 ± 0.05 ml/min per g) in the normal group. A subgroup of normal dogs was also studied, with left ventricular end-diastolic pressure increased by volume loading to levels similar to those observed in the denervated group after coronary occlusion; in these dogs, blood flow was similar to that in the other two groups 3-5 minutes after coronary artery occlusion, but, at 3 hours, was significantly more depressed (P < 0.01) than that observed in normal dogs without volume loading in both endo- (0.03 ± 0.01) and epicardial (0.25 ± 0.03 ml/min per g) layers. Infarct size, as a fraction of the area at risk, was significantly greater (P < 0.05) in the denervated group (60 ± 4.3%) and in the subgroup of normal dogs with elevated left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (73 ± 5.8%), compared with the normal group without volume loading (37 ± 8.1%). Thus, in conscious dogs, total chronic cardiac denervation exerts an adverse effect on infarct size which may be related to the sustained elevation in left ventricular end-diastolic pressure and consequent impairment of collateral perfusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology


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