Evidence that stunning can be cumulative in man

Heart Fail Rev. 2003 Apr;8(2):161-5. doi: 10.1023/a:1023044819228.


Myocardial stunning and hibernation are two entities that have become increasingly recognised as clinically important causes of reversible left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Their occurrence is important as resting myocardial dysfunction, which was once thought to be irreversible, may recover if ischaemia is lessened or abolished. Recent evidence has suggested that cumulative stunning can occur in man and may in fact be responsible for the phenomenon of hibernation. In this chapter we will review the evidence supporting the occurrence of cumulative stunning in man.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Circulation / physiology
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Contraction / physiology
  • Myocardial Stunning / etiology*
  • Myocardial Stunning / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / etiology
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology