Effects of coronary artery occlusion and reperfusion on cardiac cycle-dependent variation of myocardial ultrasonic backscatter.
We have recently reported a systematic variation in integrated ultrasonic backscatter throughout the cardiac cycle in canine hearts. This study was performed to determine whether the pattern of such variation is modified systematically by ischemia. Measurements of integrated ultrasonic backscatter in selected regions of normal, ischemic, and reperfused hearts were compared in view of known differences in systolic function of myocardium in each of these regions. Integrated ultrasonic backscatter (3-7 MHz) gated to the first derivative of left ventricular pressure was measured at the apex, midwall, and base in 10 dogs and at the apex before and during transient ischemia and reperfusion in four dogs. Quantitative integrated ultrasonic backscatter was referenced to a steel reflector. Cyclic variation of integrated ultrasonic backscatter was greatest at the apex [peak to trough variation 5.5 +/- 0.9 dB (mean +/- SE)] with the maximum near end diastole (-52.9 +/- 0.9 dB) and minimum near end systole (-58.4 +/- 1.0 dB). Variation at the apex (5.5 +/- 0.9 dB) and the midwall (4.3 +/- 0.8 dB) was greater than at the base (0.5 +/- 1.0 dB) (P less than 0.01 for either region compared with base). Left anterior descending coronary occlusion for 10 minutes in four of 10 dogs reduced variation at the apex to 0.4 +/- 1.5 dB (P less than 0.02 compared with preocclusion). Reperfusion for 2 hours restored apical cyclic variation to 3.9 +/- 1.7 dB, i.e., to values not significantly different from those before occlusion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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