Oxidative Substrate Metabolism in Reperfused Myocardium

  • Rene Lerch
  • Gunter Goerge
  • Richard Benzi
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 121)


The oxidative metabolic rate in retrogradely perfused isolated rat hearts is exceedingly high relative to contractile performance early after postischemic reperfusion. This hypermetabolism is not only observed in hearts that were reversibly “stunned” but also in hearts that were irreversibly injured after one hour of reperfusion. The dissociation between contractile function and oxygen consumption decreases during administration of ruthenium red, compatible with the involvement of mitochondrial calcium transport in the mechanisms of postischemic hypermetabolism.


Myocardial Blood Flow Contractile Function Myocardial Oxygen Consumption Control Heart Develop Left Ventricular Pressure 
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  • Rene Lerch
  • Gunter Goerge
  • Richard Benzi

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