Myocardial bridges: effect of propranolol on systolic compression.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Myocardial bridges may exert an ischemic effect on the myocardium and often warrant therapy including surgical correction in selected cases. Decrease in systolic compression after the administration of propranolol has not been reported. We report a patient who demonstrated angiographic systolic compression of the coronary artery with subsequent improvement on treatment with propranolol. The reduction in severity of systolic compression caused by propranolol may be due to the negative inotropic effect and perhaps from an increase in coronary artery vascular tone secondary to a beta-blocker with unopposed alpha effect. Further studies are needed to assess the efficacy of beta-blocker therapy in patients with myocardial bridging and the use of intravenous propranolol at the time of coronary angiography may have practical implications in selecting drug therapy for patients with symptomatic myocardial bridging.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nair, CK; Dang, B; Heintz, MH; Sketch, MH

Published Date

  • July 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 218 - 221

PubMed ID

  • 3768780

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0828-282X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England