Therapeutic Ultrasound Improves Myocardial Blood Flow and Reduces Infarct Size in a Canine Model of Coronary Microthromboembolism

Mrinal Yadava, D. Elizabeth Le, Igor V. Dykan, Marjorie R. Grafe, Matthew Nugent, Azzdine Y. Ammi, David Giraud, Yan Zhao, Jessica Minnier, Sanjiv Kaul

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Abstract

Background: Therapeutic ultrasound (TUS) has been used to lyse infarct-related coronary artery thrombus. There has been no study examining the effect of TUS specifically on myocardial microthromboemboli seen in acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that TUS improves myocardial blood flow (MBF) and reduces infarct size (IS) in this situation by dissolving myocardial microthrombi. Methods: An open-chest canine model of myocardial microthromboembolism was created by disrupting a thrombus in the left anterior descending coronary artery, and 1.05- and 0.25-MHz TUS (n = 7 each) delivered epicardially for 30 min was compared with control (n = 6). MBF and IS (as a percentage of left anterior descending coronary artery perfusion bed size) were measured 60 min after treatment. In addition, immunohistochemistry was performed to assess microthrombi, and histopathology was performed to define inflammation. Results: Transmural, epicardial, and endocardial myocardial blood volume and MBF (measured using myocardial contrast echocardiography) and percentage wall thickening were significantly higher 60 min after receiving TUS compared with control. The ratio of IS to left anterior descending coronary artery perfusion bed size was significantly smaller (P = .03) in the 1.05-MHz TUS group (0.14 ± 0.04) compared with the control (0.31 ± 0.06, P = .04) and 0.25-MHz (0.36 ± 0.08) groups. MBF versus percentage wall thickening exhibited a linear relation (r = 0.65) in the control and 1.05-MHz TUS groups but not in the 0.25-MHz TUS group (r = 0.29). The presence of myocardial microemboli in vessels >10 μm in diameter was significantly reduced in the 1.05-MHz TUS group compared with the other two groups. The distribution and intensity of inflammation was higher in the 0.25-MHz TUS group compared with the other groups. Conclusions: TUS at 1.05 MHz is effective in restoring myocardial blood volume and MBF, thus reducing IS by clearing the microcirculation of microthrombi. IS reduction is not seen at 0.25 MHz, despite improvement in MBF, which may be related to the increased inflammation noted at this frequency. Because both acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndromes are associated with microthromboembolism, these results suggest that TUS could have a potential adjunctive role in the treatment of both conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-246
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Coronary thrombosis
  • Infarct size
  • Microthrombi
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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