Comparison of the effects of increased myocardial oxygen consumption and adenosine on the coronary microvascular resistance

H. Kanatsuka, K. G. Lamping, C. L. Eastham, Kevin C Dellsperger, M. L. Marcus

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The purposes of this study were to determine if coronary dilation secondary to an increase in myocardial oxygen consumption (MVO2) affects the microcirculation in a homogeneous or heterogeneous manner and to determine if comparable degrees of coronary dilation produced by increasing MVO2 or exogenous (intravenous adenosine) or endogenous (intravenous dipyridamole) adenosine have similar effects in the coronary microcirculation. The epimyocardial coronary microcirculation was observed through an intravital microscope by stroboscopic epi-illumination in anesthetized open-chest dogs. Aortic pressure and heart rate were controlled by an aortic snare and atrioventricular sequential pacing, respectively, during experimental procedures. In group 1 (n=15), coronary arterial microvessel diameters were measured under control condition and during rapid pacing at 300 beats/min, which doubled MVO2. Increases in MVO2 caused heterogeneous vasodilation in coronary arterial microvessels (40-380 μm). There was an inverse relation between control diameter and percent increase in diameter. In group 2 (n=15) or group 3 (n=10), adenosine or dipyridamole was infused intravenously to increase myocardial perfusion to the same level as that obtained with rapid pacing. Adenosine and dipyridamole did not change MVO2. Adenosine and dipyridamole also caused heterogeneous vasodilation, but the effects of adenosine and dipyridamole were restricted to arterial microvessels smaller than 150 μm. From these results, we conclude that increases in MVO2 produce widespread but heterogeneous vasodilation, that is, greater dilation in smaller arterial microvessels. Comparable increases in coronary flow produced by increasing MVO2 or endogenous and exogenous adenosine do not produce identical changes in the distribution of coronary microvascular resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1296-1305
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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