Regulation of myocardial oxygen consumption by perfusion pressure in isolated fibrillating canine heart

Csaba Farsang, Ágnes Kerényi, Lajos Takács

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In order to evaluate whether perfusion pressure or coronary flow affect myocardial oxygen metabolism, oxygen consumption of the isolated fibrillating blood-perfused canine heart was investigated at perfusion pressures of 100, 150, and 200 mm Hg. To obtain different coronary flow rates at a given coronary perfusion pressure, α-adrenergic blockade by phenoxybenzamine (10 mg/kg b.w.) was applied, resulting in an increase in coronary flow and a decrease in myocardial oxygen extraction. Myocardial oxygen consumption was increased by elevation of perfusion pressure in both the control and phenoxybenzamine-pretreated group. At the same level of perfusion pressure there was no significant difference between the oxygen consumption of control and phenoxybenzaminepretreated preparations. It can be concluded that in the isolated fibrillating canine heart oxygen consumption is primarily regulated by perfusion pressure, and is independent from coronary blood flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-213
Number of pages3
JournalPflügers Archiv European Journal of Physiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1979



  • Myocardial metabolism
  • Myocardial oxygen extraction
  • Pressure-flow relationship
  • α-Adrenergic receptor blockade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Physiology (medical)

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