Effects of papaverine and carbon dioxide alone or in combination on the blood flow of internal thoracic artery

KORAMAZ I., OZKAN M., Altun G., Guven K. Y., DUMAN M. K., Kalyoncu N. İ., ...More

JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, vol.132, no.5, pp.1126-1130, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Objective: The internal thoracic artery is frequently used as an arterial graft for coronary bypass. Spasms of internal thoracic artery may contribute to early myocardial ischemia. To prevent vasospasm and increase the blood flow, some vasodilatory agents (such as carbon dioxide or papaverine) are used. The aim of the study was to evaluate the combined effects of carbon dioxide and papaverine versus either alone on the blood flow of the internal thoracic artery.