Changes in the duration of monophasic action potentials on the anterior and posterior walls of the dog ventricle were correlated with changes in T wave polarity and duration of the Q-T interval after (1) left stellate ganglion transection, (2) right stellate ganglion stimulation, and (3) administration of isoproterenol before or after these procedures. Left stellate ganglion transection and right stellate ganglion stimulation produced similar changes in T wave polarity, but the former prolonged and the latter shortened the Q-T interval. All procedures changed the duration of the monophasic action potential and the Q-T interval in the same direction. The reversal of T wave polarity induced by left stellate ganglion transection, right stellate ganglion stimulation or administration of isoproterenol after left stellate ganglion transection was associated with an average change of 13 to 17 msec in the difference between the monophasic action potential durations on the anterior and posterior ventricular walls. Isoproterenol restored to normal the neurogenic T wave abnormalities produced by left stellate ganglion transection and right stellate ganglion stimulation. The drug shortened the previously prolonged monophasic action potential more than the normal monophasic action potential, and the normal monophasic action potential more than the previously shortened monophasic action potential. This study confirms that the T wave is a sensitive indicator of relatively small changes (less than 20 msec) in the sequence of ventricular repolarization and explains the mechanism by which isoproterenol "normalizes" the primary T wave abnormalities.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American Journal of Cardiology|
|State||Published - Aug 1976|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine