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Recovery mismatch between myocardial blood flow and cardiac workload after physical exercise: a positron emission tomography study.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Siegrist Patrick T, Koepfli Pascal, Namdar Mehdi, Pazhenkottil Aju P, Nkoulou Rene, Lüscher Thomas F, Kaufmann Philipp A,
Project Entwicklung einer neuen Hybrid-Bildgebungs-Methode zur nicht invasiven kardialen Diagnostik
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging
Page(s) 1
Title of proceedings European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging
DOI 10.1093/ehjci/jeu141


AIMS We studied the interrelation between oxygen consumption and myocardial blood flow (MBF) during recovery. MBF is directly dependent on oxygen consumption. The latter is linearly related to the heart rate-blood pressure product (RPP, bpm × mmHg), an index reflecting external cardiac work. In the immediate post-exercise period, cardiac output decreases considerably. This is expected to be paralleled by a rapid fall in oxygen demand, rendering ischaemia unlikely. Thus, the phenomenon of ST-segment depression during recovery remains unexplained. METHODS AND RESULTS (15)O-labelled water and positron emission tomography were used to measure MBF in 14 young healthy volunteers (mean age 27 ± 3 years) during the following study conditions: (i) at rest, (ii) during a steady submaximal supine bicycle exercise stress within the scanner, and (iii) during recovery immediately after cessation of exercise. During recovery, RPP decreased by 43% (18 768 ± 1337 vs. 11 652 ± 3224, P < 0.001). In contrast, the associated decrease in MBF (2.52 ± 0.52 vs. 1.93 ± 0.50 mL/min/g, P < 0.001) and perfusion reserve (2.68 ± 0.51 vs. 2.03 ± 0.42, P < 0.001) was significantly less pronounced (-24%, P < 0.01), indicating a relative delay in MBF recovery compared with cardiac work load. CONCLUSION The mismatch between a rapid decrease in cardiac workload but preserved hyperaemic response early after cessation of physical exercise suggests an uncoupling of cardiac work and MBF during recovery.