Milrinone and esmolol decrease cardiac damage after resuscitation from prolonged cardiac arrest
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Background: Long-term survival after cardiac arrest (CA) due to shock-refractory ventricular fibrillation (VF) is low. Clearly, there is a need for new pharmacological interventions in the setting of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to improve outcome. Here, hemodynamic parameters and cardiac damage are compared between the treatment group (milrinone, esmolol and vasopressin) and controls (vasopressin only) during resuscitation from prolonged CA in piglets.
Methods: Twenty-six immature male piglets were subjected to 12 min VF followed by 8 min CPR. The treatment group (n=13) received i.v. boluses vasopressin 0.4 U∙kg−1, esmolol 250 μg∙kg−1 and milrinone 25 μg∙kg−1 after 13 min, followed by i.v. boluses esmolol 375 μg∙kg−1 and milrinone 25 μg∙kg−1 after 18 min and continuous esmolol 15 μg∙kg−1∙h−1 infusion during 180 min reperfusion, while controls (n=13) received equal amounts of vasopressin and saline. A 200J monophasic counter-shock was delivered to achieve resumption of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after 8 min CPR. If ROSC was not achieved, another 200J defibrillation and bolus vasopressin 0.4 U∙kg−1 were administered in both groups. DC shocks at 360J were applied as one shot min−1 over maximally 5 min. Hemodynamic variables and troponin I as a marker of cardiac injury were recorded.
Results: Troponin I levels after 180 min reperfusion were lower in the treatment group than in controls (p<0.05). The treatment group received less norepinephrine (p<0.01) and had greater diuresis (p<0.01). There was no difference in survival between groups.
Conclusions: The combination of milrinone, esmolol and vasopressin decreased cardiac injury compared with vasopressin alone.
Cardiac arrest, resumption of spontaneous circulation, ROSC, milrinone, vasopressin, esmolol, I/R injury, reperfusion injury, cardioprotection, myocardial ischemia, epinephrine, resuscitation
Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237869OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237869DiVA: diva2:769244