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See detailThe Parametrized Diastolic Filling Formalism: Application in the Asklepios Population
Claessens, Tom; Muhammad Waheed, Raja; Pironet, Antoine ULg et al

in Conference Program ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference (2011, June)

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See detailCardiovascular haemodynamics and ventriculo-arterial coupling in an acute pig model of coronary ischaemia-reperfusion
Lanoye, Lieve; Segers, Patrick; Tchana-Sato, Vincent ULg et al

in Experimental Physiology (2007), 92(1), 127-137

Although reperfusion after coronary occlusion is mandatory for myocardial salvage, reperfusion may trigger a cascade of harmful events (reperfusion injury) adding to myocardial injury. We investigated ... [more ▼]

Although reperfusion after coronary occlusion is mandatory for myocardial salvage, reperfusion may trigger a cascade of harmful events (reperfusion injury) adding to myocardial injury. We investigated effects of reperfusion on left ventricular (LV) haemodynamics and ventriculo-arterial (VA) coupling in pigs following acute myocardial ischaemia induced by coronary artery occlusion. Experiments were performed in six animals, with measurements of cardiac and arterial function at baseline, after 60 min of ischaemia (T60) and after 2 (T180) and 4 h of reperfusion (T300). Ventriculo-arterial coupling was assessed using the ventriculo-arterial elastance ratio of paper, as well as using a 'stiffness coupling' and 'temporal coupling' index. Reperfusion following ischaemia (T180 versus T60) induced a progressive decline in cardiovascular function, evidenced by a decrease in mean arterial blood pressure, cardiac output and ejection fraction which was not restored at T300. Although reperfusion also induced an increase in slope of the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship (ESPVR), the ESPVR curve shifted to the right, associated with a depression of contractile function. Histology demonstrated irreversible myocardial damage at T300. The ventriculo-arterial elastance ratio and the 'stiffness coupling' index were unaffected throughout the protocol, but the 'temporal coupling' parameter indicated a relative shift between heart period and the time constant of the arterial system. It is unlikely that these alterations are attributable to ischaemic injury alone. The combination of both the stiffness and temporal coupling index may provide more information when studying ventriculo-arterial coupling than the more commonly used ventricular end-systolic stiffness/effection arterial elastance (E-es/E-a) ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of reperfusion on left ventricular hemodynamics and ventriculo-arterial coupling in acutely ischemic pigs
Lanoye, Lieve; KOLH, Philippe ULg; Rolin, Stéphanie et al

in Computer Methods in Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering (2005), 8(suppl. 1), 169-170

Rapid restoration of coronary blood flow following a period of myocardial ischemia (due to coronary occlusion) is mandatory to preserve the cardiac muscle. Reperfusion, however, not necessarily restores ... [more ▼]

Rapid restoration of coronary blood flow following a period of myocardial ischemia (due to coronary occlusion) is mandatory to preserve the cardiac muscle. Reperfusion, however, not necessarily restores cardiac function, and cellular damage of the cardiac muscle cells following reperfusion (reperfusion injury) is well documented. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of reperfusion on left ventricular (LV) hemodynamics and on left ventriculo-arterial (VA) coupling in acutely ischemic pigs. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of an original model of myocardial infarction provoked by coronary artery thrombosis induced by ferric chloride in pig
Dogné, Jean-Michel ULg; Rolin, Stéphanie; Petein, Michel et al

in Thrombosis Research (2005), 116(5), 431-442

Background: Great advances have been made in the prevention of thrombotic disorders by developments of new pharmacological and surgical treatments. Animal models of arterial thrombosis have largely ... [more ▼]

Background: Great advances have been made in the prevention of thrombotic disorders by developments of new pharmacological and surgical treatments. Animal models of arterial thrombosis have largely contributed to the discovery and to the validation of original treatments. The purpose of the present work was to develop and validate an original model of acute myocardial infarction provoked in pig by thrombosis of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery induced by topical application of ferric chloride solution. Methods and results: Myocardial infarction, resulting from an occlusive and adherent mixed thrombus formed in the LAD coronary artery, was examined at macroscopic level using dual staining technique (Evans blue dye; triphenyltetrazolium chloride) and at microscopic level using conventional histological analyses and immunohistochemical detection of desmin. Biochemical markers (troponin T and ATP), platelet reactivity and standard hemodynamic parameters (such as stroke volume, ejection fraction, stroke work and cardiac output) have also been evaluated. From these analyses, it was demonstrated that each pig developed a transmural area of irreversible damage mainly located in the anteroseptal region of the left ventricle. The more progressive development of coronary artery occlusion, as compared to an abrupt Ligation, was accompanied by a correspondingly progressive impairment in hemodynamics. Conclusion: We conclude that this original porcine model of myocardial infarction is quite close to clinical pathophysiological conditions, such as thrombus formation occurring after atherosclerotic plaque rupture. This certainly constitutes a further argument in favour of this model to assess pharmaceutical or mechanical support of an acutely ischemic heart. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between single-beat and multiple-beat methods for estimation of right ventricular contractility.
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Segers, Patrick; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Critical Care Medicine (2004), 32(9), 1886-90

OBJECTIVE: It was investigated whether pharmacologically induced changes in right ventricular contractility can be detected by a so-called "single-beat" method that does not require preload reduction ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: It was investigated whether pharmacologically induced changes in right ventricular contractility can be detected by a so-called "single-beat" method that does not require preload reduction. DESIGN: Prospective animal research. SETTING: Laboratory at a large university medical center. SUBJECTS: Eight anesthetized pigs. INTERVENTIONS: End-systolic elastance values obtained by a recently proposed single-beat method (Eessb) were compared with those obtained using the reference multiple-beat method (Eesmb). MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Administration of dobutamine increased Eesmb from 1.6 +/- 0.3 to 3.8 +/- 0.5 mm Hg/mL (p =.001), whereas there was only a trend toward an increase in Eessb from 1.5 +/- 0.2 to 1.7 +/- 0.4 mm Hg/mL. Esmolol decreased Eesmb from 1.7 +/- 0.3 to 1.1 +/- 0.2 mm Hg/mL (p =.006), whereas there was only a trend for a decrease in Eessb from 1.5 +/- 0.2 to 1.3 +/- 0.1. CONCLUSIONS: The present method using single-beat estimation to assess right ventricular contractility does not work as expected, since it failed to detect either increases or decreases in right ventricular contractility induced by pharmacologic interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailDeterminants of left ventricular preload-adjusted maximal power
Segers, Patrick; Tchano-Sato, Vincent; Leather, H. Alex et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology (2003), 284(6), 2295-2301

Maximal left ventricular (LV) hydraulic power output (PWRmax), corrected for preload as PWRmax/(V-ed)(beta) (where V-ed is the end-diastolic volume and beta is a constant coefficient), is an index of LV ... [more ▼]

Maximal left ventricular (LV) hydraulic power output (PWRmax), corrected for preload as PWRmax/(V-ed)(beta) (where V-ed is the end-diastolic volume and beta is a constant coefficient), is an index of LV contractility. Whereas preload-adjusted maximal power (PAMP) is usually calculated with beta = 2, there is uncertainty about the optimal value of beta (beta = 1 for the normal LV and 2 for the dilated LV). The aim of this work is to study the determining factors of beta. The data set consisted of 245 recordings (steady state and vena cava occlusion) in 10 animals in an ischemic heart pig model. The occlusion data yielded the slope (E-es; 2.01 +/- 0.77 mmHg/ml, range 0.71-4.16 mmHg/ml) and intercept (V-0; -11.9 +/- 22.6 ml; range -76 to 39 ml) of the end-systolic pressure-volume relation, and the optimal beta-factor (assessed by fitting an exponential curve through the V-ed-PWRmax relation) was 1.94 +/- 0.88 (range 0.29-4.73). The relation of beta with V-ed was weak [beta = 0.60 + 0.02(V-ed); r(2) = 0.20]. In contrast, we found an excellent exponential relation between V-0 and beta [beta = 2.16e(0.0189(V0)), r(2) = 0.70]. PAMP, calculated from the steady-state data, was 0.64 +/- 0.40 mW/ml(2) (range 0.14-2.83 mW/ml(2)) with a poor correlation with E-es (r = 0.30, P < 0.001). An alternative formulation of PAMP as PWRmax/(V-ed - V-0)(2), incorporating V-0, yielded 0.47 +/- 0.26 mW/ml(2) (range 0.09-1.42 mW/ml(2)) and was highly correlated with E-es (r = 0.89, P < 0.001). In conclusion, correct preload adjustment of maximal LV power requires incorporation of V-0 and thus of data measured under altered loading conditions. [less ▲]

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