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|Title:||The molecular basis for the use of calcium antagonists in ischaemic heart disease.|
|Authors:||Nayler, W G|
|Affiliation:||Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.|
|Citation:||Drugs; 43 Suppl 1(): 21-7|
|Abstract:||Calcium antagonists are useful for the management of patients with ischaemic heart disease, particularly when used prophylactically. At the cellular level, these drugs act primarily by limiting calcium ion (Ca++) entry through the voltage-sensitive Ca(++)-selective channels, an effect that contributes markedly to their 'energy sparing' properties. However, the long term use of these drugs has additional advantages, particularly with respect to their ability to slow Ca(++)-dependent processes involved in the formation of atherogenic lesions, partially antagonise the effects of the raised levels of circulating endothelin-1 encountered during ischaemia-induced heart failure and hypertension, and trap and immobilise oxyradicals. Prolonged episodes of ischaemia result in an irreversible loss of homeostasis with respect to Ca++. However, the increase in myocardial cytosolic Ca++ caused by relatively short periods of ischaemia is small, reversible, and markedly attenuated by the prophylactic use of calcium antagonists. In the isolated, perfused rat heart, verapamil pretreatment produces statistically significant inhibition of the increase in cytosolic Ca++ during 20-minute global ischaemia. This stereospecific effect is associated with a decrease in the rise in total tissue Ca++ during reperfusion and amelioration of the adenosine triphosphate depletion caused by ischaemia. In general, discussion relating to the molecular basis of the use of calcium antagonists in the management of patients with ischaemic heart disease needs to take into account the duration of the ischaemic event, the workload on the myocardium, the need for prophylactic therapy, and the presence of exacerbating factors such as atherosclerosis and tobacco smoking. The early rise in cytosolic Ca++, the source of which remains uncertain, appears to be an important focus for anti-ischaemic drug therapy.|
|Internal ID Number:||1378784|
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Rats, Inbred Strains
|Appears in Collections:||Journal articles|
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