Diazoxide preserves myocardial function in a swine model of hypothermic cardioplegic arrest and prolonged global ischemia

Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, Cecillia Lui, Xun Zhou, Sean Kearney, Melissa Jones, Jie Wang, Rosmi P. Thomas, Natalie Gaughan, Thomas S. Metkus, Mary B. Brady, Brian C. Cho, Jeffrey M. Dodd-o, Jennifer S. Lawton

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Objective: Adenosine triphosphate potassium sensitive channels provide endogenous myocardial protection via coupling of cell membrane potential to myocardial metabolism. Adenosine triphosphate potassium sensitive channel openers, such as diazoxide, mimic ischemic preconditioning, prevent cardiomyocyte swelling, preserve myocyte contractility after stress, and provide diastolic protection. We hypothesize that diazoxide combined with hyperkalemic cardioplegia provides superior myocardial protection compared with cardioplegia alone during prolonged global ischemia in a large animal model. Methods: Twelve pigs were randomized to global ischemia for 2 hours with a single dose of cold blood (4:1) hyperkalemic cardioplegia alone (n = 6) or with diazoxide (500 μmol/L) (n = 6) and reperfused for 1 hour. Cardiac output, myocardial oxygen consumption, left ventricular developed pressure, left ventricular ejection fraction, diastolic function, myocardial troponin, myoglobin, markers of apoptosis, and left ventricular infarct size were compared. Results: Four pigs in the cardioplegia alone group could not be weaned from cardiopulmonary bypass. There were no differences in myoglobin, troponin, or apoptosis between groups. Diazoxide preserved cardiac output versus control (74.5 vs 18.4 mL/kg/min, P = .01). Linear mixed regression modeling demonstrated that the addition of diazoxide to cardioplegia preserved left ventricular developed pressure by 36% (95% confidence interval, 9.9-61.5; P < .01), dP/dt max by 41% (95% confidence interval, 14.5-67.5; P < .01), and dP/dt min by 33% (95% confidence interval, 8.9-57.5; P = .01). It was also associated with higher (but not significant) myocardial oxygen consumption (3.7 vs 1.4 mL O2/min, P = .12). Conclusions: Diazoxide preserves systolic and diastolic ventricular function in a large animal model of prolonged global myocardial ischemia. Diazoxide as an adjunct to hyperkalemic cardioplegia may allow safer prolonged ischemic times during increasingly complicated cardiac procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e385-e400
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • animal model
  • cardioplegia
  • diazoxide
  • myocardial ischemia
  • myocardial protection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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