Impact of myocardial structure and function postinfarction on diastolic strain measurements: Implications for assessment of myocardial viability

Tae Ho Park, Sherif F. Nagueh, Dirar S. Khoury, Helen A. Kopelen, Spyridon Akrivakis, Kamal Nasser, Guofeng Ren, Nikolaos G. Frangogiannis

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We sought to assess the role of regional diastolic function by Doppler echocardiography in predicting myocardial viability. Sixteen dogs underwent left anterior descending coronary artery (n = 8) or circumflex (n = 8) occlusion. All animals were imaged at baseline and 1-8 wk postinfarction (post-MI). In 10 dogs, invasive hemodynamic monitoring with a conductance catheter placed in the left ventricle (LV) was performed at the above time points. Dobutamine was infused at 1-8 wk post-MI to determine LV contractile reserve. Histomorphological analysis was performed to determine the presence of viable myocardium and changes in interstitial matrix. Post-MI, diastolic strain rate measurements (in radial and longitudinal planes) decreased significantly in the distribution of the diseased artery (P < 0.01) and on multiple regression analysis were determined by time constant of LV relaxation, end-diastolic pressure, regional stiffness, and the ratio of cellular infiltration to collagen deposition in the interstitial matrix. Among several indexes, diastolic strain rate during dobutamine infusion readily identified segments with >20% transmural infarction and related best to the extent of interstitial fibrosis (r = -0.86, P < 0.01). In an animal model of healing canine infarcts, diastolic strain rate by Doppler echocardiography appears to be a promising novel index of myocardial viability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H724-H731
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Coronary
  • Diastole
  • Infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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