The effects of arresting donor hearts with University of Wisconsin solution was investigated. Donor dogs were divided into two groups according to the technique used for arresting the heart. In group I (n = 6) the heart was arrested with University of Wisconsin solution, whereas in group II (n = 6) extracellular-type cardioplegia (K+ = 20 mmol/liter) was used to induce cardioplegic arrest. Aortic root pressure was measured during the infusion of solution at constant flow. In both groups, the hearts were then flushed and stored in cold University of Wisconsin solution for 6 h. The hearts were transplanted orthotopically and disconnected from cardiopulmonary bypass. Left ventricular function was evaluated by pressure—volume relations using a conductance catheter. Peak aortic root pressure during the infusion was significantly higher in group I than in group II, although post-transplant left ventricular function was similar in both groups. Although there was no difference in cardiac function after implantation, donor hearts should be arrested by extracellular-type cardioplegia to prevent coronary vasoconstriction associated with preservation in University of Wisconsin solution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine