PMID: 7379376Jan 1, 1980

The effects of propranolol on myocardial perfusion and metabolism during acute regional ischaemia

Clinical Cardiology
K FoxE Welman


The unique physical properties of the short-lived inert and freely diffusing isotope 81mkrypton allow a continuous observation to be made of regional myocardial perfusion. Eighteen dogs were anaesthetised and a reversible snare placed on the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). 81mKrypton was used to study regional myocardial perfusion, and myocardial metabolism was assessed using the epicardial ECG and release of creatine kinase activity (CK). Six dogs did not undergo LAD occlusion ("sham operated"); in six other dogs the LAD was occluded (controls), and another six dogs were given propranolol, 0.5 mg/kg, 20 min after LAD occlusion. All the parameters were measured before and for 5 h after LAD occlusion. When compared to controls, dogs treated with propranolol showed significant improvement (p less than 0.01) in regional myocardial perfusion; smaller loss of electrically active myocardium for any given degree of early ST-segment elevation; and a delay in the release of CK activity from a local coronary vein. These results suggest that propranolol exerts a beneficial effect following the development of acute myocardial infarction.


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