Quantitative effects of myocardial edema on the left ventricular pressure- volume relation: Influence of cardioplegia osmolarity over two hours of ischemic arrest

D. T. Hsu, Z. C. Weng, A. C. Nicolosi, P. W. Detwiler, R. Sciacca, H. M. Spotnitz

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We previously studied edema and left ventricular pressure-volume relations in a porcine heart model in which edema occurred even with hyperosmolar crystalloid cardioplegia. This susceptibility to edema was attributed to venous occlusion and an initial 20-minute period of ischemia. Results did not demonstrate reversal of edema by hyperosmolar perfusates. Accordingly, in the present study, heart weight, myocardial water content, and left ventricular pressure-volume curves were measured before and after perfusion-induced edema in eight isolated, arrested, hypothermic porcine hearts. Cardioplegic solution was infused 2.1 ± 0.8 minutes after the onset of ischemia, and the atrioventricular ring was not clamped during the administration of cardioplegic solution. Cardioplegic solution (1 L) was infused at intervals of 33 ± 6 minutes at 4° C. Solution osmolarity was 380 (Stanford solution) or 294 mOsm/L (Plegisol solution). The perfusion sequence was 380-1, 380-2, 294-1, 380-3. Pressure-volume relations were assessed with the use of left ventricular volume at a pressure of 10 mm Hg and the ventricular chamber stiffness constant, β, derived from P = αe(βV). Perfusion 380-1 and 380-2 did not affect the pressure-volume curve. Perfusion 294-1 increased heart weight and water content (p < 0.05) and decreased left ventricular volume at 10 mm Hg compared with perfusions 380-1, 380-2, and 380-3. In addition, β increased (0.023 ± 0.005 versus 0.029 ± 0.006, p < 0.05) after perfusion 294-1, compared with 380-1. Correlation coefficients for linear regressions between left ventricular volume at 10 mm Hg and heart weight and water content were r = 0.84 and r = 0.70, respectively. We conclude that under conditions similar to those used clinically, the left ventricle of the pig does not develop edema with Stanford solution (380 mOsm/L). Edema does follow Plegisol solution (294 mOsm/L) cardioplegia. Edema and reduced compliance are incompletely reversed by hypertonic cardioplegia. The porcine left ventricle can usefully replicate the clinical model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-657
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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