Normovolaemic haemodilution and hyperoxia have no effect on fractal dimension of regional myocardial perfusion in dogs

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Hypervolaemic haemodilution makes myocardial perfusion more homogenous as reflected by reduced fractal dimension of regional myocardial perfusion. The clinically more commonly performed acute normovolaemic haemodilution, however, has not yet been studied in this respect. Hyperoxic ventilation with 100% oxygen is used in conjunction with haemodilution to compensate for low oxygen content by increasing physically dissolved oxygen in plasma. Since hyperoxia is known to cause disturbance in microcirculatory regulation we studied the effects of acute normovolaemic haemodilution to haematocrit (hct) 20 ± 1% and hyperoxia on regional myocardial perfusion heterogeneity in 22 anaesthetized dogs using fractal and correlation analysis. Regional myocardial perfusion was assessed with radioactive microspheres. The results of the study were that heart rate, blood volume and arterial pressure were unchanged during haemodilution. Cardiac index was 3.6 ± 0.7 L min−1 m−2 before and 4.6 ± 0.7 L min−1 m−2 after haemodilution (P < 0.05). Fractal dimension (D) of regional myocardial perfusion was 1.17 ± 0.10 at baseline. Neither haemodilution (D = 1.19 ± 0.10) nor hyperoxia (D = 1.17 ± 0.10) altered fractal properties of regional myocardial perfusion. Spatial correlation of blood flow to adjacent tissue samples before haemodilution was 0.58 ± 0.15. Haemodilution and hyperoxia did not significantly influence spatial correlation (0.57 ± 0.12 vs. 0.60 ± 0.09; ns). We conclude that neither acute normovolaemic haemodilution nor haemodilution in combination with hyperoxic ventilation alter physiological myocardial perfusion heterogeneity.

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