Basic Research in Cardiology

, Volume 85, Issue 6, pp 550–562 | Cite as

Evaluation of parameters for the assessment of regional myocardial contractile function during asynchronous left ventricular contraction

  • B. D. Guth
  • R. Schulz
  • G. Heusch
Original Contributions


The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate parameters used for the measurement of regional myocardial contractile function in the setting of left ventricular (LV) asynchrony. Secondarily, we tested whether the peak negative value of left ventricular dP/dt (-dP/dt) can be used to estimate global LV end-systole during asynchrony. In seven anesthetized (Isoflurane) swine the left anterior descending coronary artery was cannulated and perfused at constant blood flow rates. To produce LV asynchrony, dobutamine (D) was infused into the perfusion system. This was repcated later during coronary hypoperfusion (HYPO) sufficient to produce regional contractile dysfunction. The amount of LV wall thickening during systole (% WT, sonomicrometry) was calculated using either - dP/dt or the closure of the aortic valve (AO, electromagnctic flow probc) for estimating the timing of global LV end-systole. % WT was compared to other paramcters which are not dependent upon the timing of global LV end-systole, including the amplitude of the first harmonic of the Fourier transform (AMP) and regional myocardial work (WI) estimated from the left ventricular pressure-wall thickness relationship. A close correlation between global LV end-systole defined by the AO or - dP/dt existed during control. D or HYPO. During HYPO+D no such relationship was found (r=.22, NS), and % WT calculated using - dP/dt as an estimate of end-systole was underestimated when comparcd to % WT calculated by use of the AO to estimate end-systole (2.9±6.8% vs 6.3±6.6%, p<.05). % WT, AMP, and WI showed similar results during control, D and HYPO. However, D during HYPO increased the AMP from .59±.23 mm to .76±.32 mm and WI from 67±20 mm Hg*mm to 95±24 mm Hg*mm (p<.05), respectively. This increase in regional myocardial function, however, was not detected by % WT (10.5±6.4% vs 6.3±6.6%). Thus, during left ventricular asynchrony, the measurement of LV-dP/dt to estimate the timing of global LV end-systole is inappropriate and can lcad to inaccuracies in the measurement of regional contractile function. Parameters such as AMP or WI are advantageous since global LV end-systole docs not need to be accurately defined.

Key words

myocardialhypoperfusion dobutamine asynchrony myocardialcontraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. D. Guth
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Schulz
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Heusch
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Abteilung für Pathophysiologie, Zentrum für Innere MedizinUniversität EssenEssenFRG
  2. 2.Seaweed Canyon Laboratory, Department of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan DicgoUSA

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