Depletion of myocardial high energy phosphates by induction of ventricular fibrillation prior to cardioplegic arrest.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The effects of a short period of ventricular fibrillation on myocardial high energy phosphates were assessed in two groups of rats. Group 1 underwent hypothermic crystalloid cardioplegia infusion and aortic cross-clamping. In Group 2, cardioplegia and cross-clamping were preceded by ten seconds of induced ventricular fibrillation. In rat hearts that had undergone ventricular fibrillation, adenosine triphosphate levels averaged only 70% (p less than .0001) and creatine phosphate levels averaged only 60% (p less than .0005) of levels measured following standard cardioplegic arrest without ventricular fibrillation. These findings are of potential importance in both routine cardiac surgical procedures and in organ procurement.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Levett, JM; Kadowaki, MH; Ip, JH; Karp, RB

Published Date

  • 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 209 - 212

PubMed ID

  • 2341480

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9509


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Italy