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      Blood Flow Distribution in Necrotic versus Nonnecrotic Rabbit Hearts


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          The spatial myocardial blood flow heterogeneity of the normal heart was previously investigated by means of the standard microsphere-defined regional myocardial blood flow in nonischemic hearts. We determined the probability density functions of coronary blood flows in the rabbit heart at selected macroautoradiographic 20-µm cross-sections of the left ventricle in nonischemic as well as infarcted hearts. Macroautoradiography gave us spatial resolutions of 0.1-0.2 mm. As a tracer we used <sup>14</sup>C-iodoantipyrine given into the root of the aorta. We report here for the first time a systematic study of the shape of the flow probability density functions during acute regional myocardial necrosis. As the hearts became progressively and extensively necrotic, the distribution of flows changed its characteristics showing two independent components. The first component was the peak representing the nonischemic regions in the hearts subjected to acute ischemia. The second component was a monotonically decreasing component associated with very low flows and necrosis in the severely hypoperfused portion of the hearts. This monotonically decreasing component became larger as the extent of ischemia increased and was well separated from the peak attributable to the nonischemic regions. We could not demonstrate a leftward shift of the nonischemic central peak in the ischemic hearts. Our research shows that in transaxial radionuclide cardiac sections, such as those that might be obtained and analyzed in clinical SPECT and clinical PET, variable amounts of myocardial necrosis will result in a composite curve of myocardial blood flow heterogeneities. One portion of the curve will indicate the distribution of flows in the nonischemic zones. The other portion will vary in magnitude with the extent of ischemia, exhibit the shape of a monotonically decreasing curve. Depending upon the spatial resolution of the radionuclide imaging technique utilized, a border zone will exist representing the interface between normally perfused and occluded vascular beds. In our investigation, it was found that the border zone determined statistically was consistently and significantly smaller than the border zone determined visually.

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          S. Karger AG
          19 November 2008
          : 87
          : 4
          : 294-299
          Clinical Science Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc, USA
          177108 Cardiology 1996;87:294–299
          © 1996 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          : 27 April 1995
          : 31 July 1995
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          Pages: 6
          General Cardiology

          General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
          Rabbits,Myocardium,Coronary flow heterogeneity,Necrosis


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