A Simple and Reliable Method to Assess Heart Viability After Hypothermic Procurement

R. Ferrera, J. C. Bopassa, C. Rodriguez, G. Baverel, M. Ovize

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Hearts from brain dead pigs (n = 18) were submitted to 0 (group I), 10 (group II), or 20 (group III) minutes of in situ warm ischemia (animal exsanguination). After harvesting, cold cardioplegia solution was perfused in retrograde fashion and initial coronary flow (ICF) measured. After left ventricular energetic indices were measured using NMR spectroscopy, the hearts were transplanted orthotopically. Follow-up was performed over 120 minutes after cardiopulmonary bypass. We observed a progressive decrease in ICF with increased warm ischemia times: 50 ± 3.4 mL/min per 100 g of tissue in the group I, 36 ± 7 and 30 ± 3.5 in groups II and III, respectively (P < .05 and P < .01 versus group I). The ICF strongly correlated with the energetic index (r = 0.76, P < .001) and with posttransplant function of the transplanted heart. These data showed that measurement of initial coronary flow after cardioplegia was a reliable test to evaluate cardiac graft viability before transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2283-2284
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


Dive into the research topics of 'A Simple and Reliable Method to Assess Heart Viability After Hypothermic Procurement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this