This study was performed to assess the influence of selective coronary arteriography on left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction in man. In 30 patients with assorted cardiac diseases, left ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes and ejection fraction were quantitated immediately before and after selective coronary arteriography. In 19 patients (Group A), contrast left ventriculography was performed immediately before and after selective coronary arteriography. In the remaining 11 patients (Group B), multigated equilibrium blood pool imaging was performed just before and after coronary arteriography. In both groups, mean systemic arterial pressure and heart rate did not change from just before the first to immediately before the second assessment of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, but left ventricular end-diastolic pressure increased. End-diastolic and end-systolic volume indexes, and ejection fraction did not change from just before to immediately after selective coronary arteriography. Therefore, selective coronary arteriography (1) consistently causes an increase in left ventricular end-diastolic pressure but (2) exerts no effect on left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, even in patients with severely compromised left ventricular function.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine