This study was designed to investigate the effect of cardiac lymphatic obstruction on plasma nitric oxide (NO) and left ventricular function. The plasma NO was measured in study group (n=21) and control group rabbits (n=12) before, and 3, 7, 14, 30 and 90 days after the obstruction of cardiac lymphatic vessels. Left ventricular ejection fraction was measured with echocardiography. There was a significant reduction in the left ventricular ejection fraction following the lymphatic obstruction (0.72±0.02 vs. 0.61±0.02, p<0.01). Plasma NO in the control group remained unchanged during the observation period (54.2±4.4 vs. 52.0±4.2 'mol/L, p>0.05). In the study group, there was a small but significant increase in the plasma NO on day 3, 7 and 14 following the lymphatic obstruction (52.3±4.1 vs. 73.4±5.9 'mol/L, p<0.01). The plasma NO returned to the baseline levels on day 30 but reduced to 44.9±3.6 'mol/L on 90 days after the lymphatic obstruction (p<0.05). In conclusion, cardiac lymphatic obstruction was associated with a significant reduction in left ventricular function. It was also associated with an increase in the plasma NO in the first 2 weeks but there was a significant reduction in the NO levels three months after the lymphatic obstruction.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2011|