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Scand Cardiovasc J Suppl. 2013 Feb;47(1):58-64. doi: 10.3109/14017431.2012.732235. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

Sildenafil after cardiac arrest and infarction; an experimental rat model.

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  • 1Heart Center, Cardiac Research, Tampere University Hospital and Tampere University, Finland.



Resuscitation after cardiac arrest may lead to ischemia-reperfusion injury and infarction. We evaluated whether sildenafil, a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, has an impact on recovery after cardiac arrest in a rat cardiac transplantation model.


Sixty-one Fischer344 rats underwent syngeneic heterotopic cardiac transplantation after ischemia and ligation of the left anterior coronary artery of the heart to yield myocardial infarction (IRI + MI). Of these, 22 rats received subcutaneously injected sildenafil (1 mg/kg/day) (IRI +MI + S). Twenty-three additional grafted animals with transplantation only served as controls with ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI). After 2 days, immunohistochemistry for eNOS, and RT-PCR for iNOS and Aquaporin-7 were performed after graft harvesting and histology.


Two days after transplantation, remote intramyocardial arteries were more preserved in IRI + MI + S as compared with IRI +MI and IRI (0.74 ± 0.14, 0.56 ± 0.23 and 0.55 ± 0.22, PSU, p < 0.05, respectively). Decreased eNOS staining confirmed the presence of developing infarction in IRI + MI and IRI + MI + S. The expression of iNOS was significantly lower during IRI + MI +S as compared with IRI + MI (0.02 ± 0.01 and 1.02 ± 0.02, FC, p < 0.05).


Administered at the onset of reperfusion and developing infarction, sildenafil has an impact on myocardial recovery after cardiac arrest and ischemia.

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