Contrast agents lower ventricular fibrillation threshold

G L WolfK Kilzer


Ventricular fibrillation thresholds were measured in anesthetized, closed-chest dogs during the injection of Renografin 76 or Conray 400 into the left coronary artery. Both agents significantly lowered fibrillation threshold--Renografin to 58 +/- 7%; Conray to 20 +/- 5% of control, respectively. The experimental method estimates fibrillatory potential of contrast media more precisely than previous methods. The initial results parallel relative toxicities observed in clinical usage.


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