Experimental myocardial infarction. XIII. Sequential changes in left ventricular pressure-length relationships in the acute phase.
Diastolic pressure-length relationships of an ischemic region of the canine left ventricle were measured over a six-hour period following left anterior descending coronary artery ligation, and their evolution was compared with the extent of systolic aneurysmal bulging. Normalized ischemic segment length excursion, which after coronary artery ligation may be taken as a measure of systolic aneurysmal bulging, increased during the first hour after ligation but thereafter declined toward control values. Concurrently, reciprocal changes were demonstrated in the slope of the end-diastolic pressure-length curves obtained during transient pressure loading of the left ventricle. These data show that the magnitude of acute systolic aneurysmal bulging followed experimental coronary artery ligation is determined not only by loss of contractile function, but also by changes in passive pressure-length relationships of the myocardium. Moreover, the results indicate that development of akinesis in experimental ischemia, heretofore demonstrated only in the chronic phase of infarction, may begin within hours of the onset of myocardial ischemia.
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