The effects of hypoxemia on myocardial blood flow during exercise

Stephen M. Paridon, J. Timothy Bricker, William J. Dreyer, Michael J. Reardon, E. O’Brian Smith, Co Burn J. Porter, Lloyd Michael, David J. Fisher

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We evaluated the adequacy of regional and transmural blood flow during exercise and rapid pacing after 1 wk of hypoxemia. Seven mature mongrel dogs were made hypoxemic (mean O2 saturation = 72.4%) by anastomosis of left pulmonary artery to left atrial appendage. Catheters were placed in the left atrium, right atrium, pulmonary artery, and aorta. Atrial and ventricular pacing wires were placed. An aortic flow probe was placed to measure cardiac output. Ten nonshunted dogs, similarly instrumented, served as controls. Recovery time was approximately 1 wk. Cardiac output, mean aortic pressure, and oxygen saturation were measured at rest, with ventricular pacing, atrial pacing, and with treadmill exercise. Ventricular and atrial pace and exercise were at a heart rate of 200. Right ventricular free wall, left ventricular free wall, and septal blood flow were measured with radionuclide-labeled microspheres. Cardiac output, left atrial blood pressure, and aortic blood pressure was similar between the two groups of dogs in all testing states. Myocardial blood flow was significantly higher in the right and left ventricular free wall in the hypoxemic animals during resting and exercise testing states. Myocardial oxygen delivery was similar between the two groups of animals. Pacing resulted in an increase in myocardial blood flow in the control animals but not the hypoxemic animals. Myocardial blood flow increased significantly over resting flow with exercise in both groups of animals. Endocardial to epicardial flow ratio were above one and similar both within and between groups of animals for all testing states. We conclude that myocardial blood flow in hypoxemic dogs increases to supply similar oxygen delivery as the control dogs. The endocardial to epicardial ratio would indicate no exhaustion of subendocardial coronary vascular reserve with hypoxemia in any testing state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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