Repeated stunning precedes myocardial hibernation in progressive multiple coronary artery obstruction

J Am Coll Cardiol. 1999 Dec;34(7):2126-36. doi: 10.1016/s0735-1097(99)00467-2.


Objective: The aim of this study was to characterize a regional myocardial flow-function relationship in collateral dependent myocardium produced by multiple coronary artery obstruction.

Methods: Ameroid constrictors were placed around the proximal right (RC) and circumflex (CX) coronary arteries and a silicon tubing cuff around the proximal LAD (left anterior descending artery) (luminal stenosis +/- 77%) in 18 dogs. Weekly two-dimensional echocardiography was performed for regional function (anterior [A], inferoposterior [IP], wall thickening [WT]), and fractional shortening (FS). Colored microspheres injected at baseline and before sacrifice, before and after dipyridamole (0.5 mg/kg) injection, determined resting flow (RF) and coronary reserve (CR), respectively.

Results: Coronary angiography performed at four weeks after surgery confirmed occlusion of RC and CX with collateralization and a tight stenosis of LAD. Initially, an episodic reduction in A and IP WT was observed which became persistent later (AWT: 16 +/- 3%; IPWT: 16 +/- 4%, FS: 20 +/- 4%, p < 0.005 vs. baseline [BS]). With dobutamine a biphasic response (improvement in A and IP WT between 5-15 and dysfunction between 20-30 microg/kg/min) was observed. Seven dogs were sacrificed at eight weeks and showed normal RF but reduced transmural CR (A: 75 +/- 18%; IP: 46 +/- 22% of control). Seven dogs underwent PTCA of the LAD at eight weeks and showed gradual improvement in AWT with normalization at 12 weeks (AWT: 30 +/- 5%, p < 0.001 vs. eight weeks). At sacrifice RF and CR in the A wall were normal but there was reduced subendocardial RF in the IP region (64% of BS). Further, biopsy samples showed normal histological findings and high energy phosphate content in all dogs. Radioligand binding assays using 125I-iodocyanopindolol showed downregulation of beta-adrenergic receptor density in the dysfunctional regions compared with control.

Conclusions: In this canine model of viable, collateral dependent and reversibly dysfunctional myocardium, there was early episodic dysfunction followed by persistent dysfunction which was initially associated with normal RF and later with subendocardial hypoperfusion.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiotonic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Collateral Circulation / drug effects
  • Coronary Circulation / drug effects
  • Coronary Disease / complications*
  • Coronary Disease / diagnosis
  • Coronary Disease / physiopathology
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Disease Progression
  • Dogs
  • Echocardiography
  • Female
  • Heart Ventricles / pathology
  • Heart Ventricles / physiopathology
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Ischemic Preconditioning, Myocardial*
  • Male
  • Myocardial Revascularization / methods
  • Myocardial Stunning / diagnosis
  • Myocardial Stunning / etiology*
  • Myocardial Stunning / physiopathology
  • Receptors, Adrenergic, beta / metabolism
  • Regional Blood Flow / drug effects
  • Vasodilator Agents / administration & dosage


  • Cardiotonic Agents
  • Receptors, Adrenergic, beta
  • Vasodilator Agents