Retrograde continuous normothermic blood cardioplegia during heart transplantation

Academic Article


  • Retrograde continuous normothermic blood cardioplegia has recently been introduced in routine cardiac surgery because of the possibility of improving myocardial protection during the cross clamp period. We applied this technique in the setting of heart transplantation in order to shorten the ischemic time and allow time for some repair of the cellular damage occurring during the previous period of ischemia. Since in this case the cardioplegic solution is actually a reperfusate, its formulation has been modified accordingly. The technique and the rationale of this new approach of myocardial protection to donor hearts are discussed.
  • Published In

  • Cuore  Journal
  • Author List

  • De Paulis R; Menasche P; Fleury JP; Bloch G; Piwnica A
  • Start Page

  • 433
  • End Page

  • 436
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 5