Apr 1, 2003

Sodium-hydrogen exchange inhibition during ventricular fibrillation: Beneficial effects on ischemic contracture, action potential duration, reperfusion arrhythmias, myocardial function, and resuscitability

Iyad M AyoubRaúl J Gazmuri


Inhibition of the sarcolemmal sodium-hydrogen exchanger isoform-1 (NHE-1) is emerging as a promising novel strategy for ameliorating myocardial injury associated with ischemia and reperfusion. We investigated whether NHE-1 inhibition (with cariporide) could minimize mechanical and electrical myocardial abnormalities that develop during ventricular fibrillation (VF) and improve outcome using a porcine model of closed-chest resuscitation. Two groups of 8 pigs each were subjected to 8 minutes of untreated VF and randomized to receive either a 3-mg/kg bolus of cariporide or 0.9% NaCl immediately before an 8-minute interval of conventional closed-chest resuscitation. Cariporide prevented progressive increases in left ventricular free-wall thickness (from 1.0+/-0.2 to 1.5+/-0.3 cm with NaCl, P<0.001 versus 0.9+/-0.1 to 1.1+/-0.3 cm with cariporide, P=NS), maintained the coronary perfusion pressure above resuscitability thresholds (10+/-8 versus 19+/-3 mm Hg before attempting defibrillation, P<0.05), and increased resuscitability (2 of 8 versus 8 of 8, P<0.005). In 2 additional groups of 4 pigs each subjected to a briefer interval of untreated VF, cariporide ameliorated postresuscitation shortening of the action potential duration (AP...Continue Reading

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Ventricular Fibrillation
4-isopropyl-3-(methylsulfonyl)benzoyl-guanidine methanesulfonate
Sodium-Hydrogen Antiporter
Action Potentials
Myocardial Dysfunction
Left Ventricular Function

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