Dynamic cardiomyoplasty: Its chronic and acute effects on the failing heart

H. J. Patel, Edward Lankford, D. J. Polidori, J. J. Pilla, T. Plappert, M. S.J. Sutton, M. A. Acker

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Objectives: Dynamic cardiomyoplasty is an alternative therapy for end- stage heart failure. We investigated the mechanisms, both acute and chronic, by which a synchronously stimulated conditioned muscle wrap affects left ventricular function in a chronic canine model of dilated cardiomyopathy. Methods: Nineteen dogs underwent rapid ventricular pacing at a rate of 215 beats/min for 4 weeks to create a model of heart failure. Eight dogs were then randomly selected to undergo cardiomyoplasty, and all dogs received 6 additional weeks of rapid ventricular pacing. The cardiomyoplasty group also received a graded muscle conditioning protocol of synchronized burst stimulation to transform the muscle wrap. All dogs were studied with pressure-volume analysis and echocardiography at baseline and after 4 and 10 weeks of rapid ventricular pacing. Data in the cardiomyoplasty group were analyzed with the stimulator off, with it augmenting every beat (1:1), and with it augmenting only every other beat/1:2). Results: Stimulator 'off' data at 10 weeks of rapid pacing demonstrated chronic effects by enhanced ventricular function fend-systolic elastance = 1.80 after myoplasty vs 1.17 for controls, p = 0.005) and a stabilization of volumes and composite end- systolic and end-diastolic pressure-volume relations in the cardiomyoplasty group when compared with controls. Myoplasty stimulation increased apparent contractility (preload recruitable stroke work = 31.3 for stimulator 'off' vs 40.6 for stimulator 1:2 assisted beats [p < 0.05] and vs 45.4 for stimulator 1:1 [p < 0.05]). Conclusions: Benefits from dynamic cardiomyoplasty are by at least two mechanisms: (1) the girdling effects of a conditioned muscle wrap, which halts the chronic remodeling of heart failure, and (2) active systolic assistance, which augments the apparent contractility of the failing heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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