Combined Administration of Intravenous Dipyridamole and Inhaled Nitric Oxide to Assess Reversibility of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Potential Cardiac Transplant Recipients

ArticleinThe Journal of heart and lung transplantation: the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation 24(11):1950-6 · November 2005with2 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2005.04.007 · Source: PubMed
Irreversible, severe pulmonary hypertension (PH) can produce right heart failure and early mortality after cardiac transplantation. We hypothesized that dipyridamole, an inhibitor of Type 5 phosphodiesterase, would augment the ability of inhaled nitric oxide (NO) to identify reversibility of PH. In 9 patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and severe PH who were breathing 100% oxygen during right heart catheterization, we administered inhaled NO (80 ppm) alone and in combination with intravenous dipyridamole (0.2-mg/kg bolus, with an infusion of 0.0375 mg/kg/min). Compared with breathing oxygen alone, NO inhalation decreased pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) (by 10 +/- 4% and 26 +/- 12% [mean +/- SEM], respectively; both p < 0.05). The combination of NO and dipyridamole reduced PVR (43 +/- 7%; p < 0.05) to a greater extent than did administration of NO alone, and increased the duration of pulmonary vasodilation produced by NO inhalation. Combined administration of inhaled NO and intravenous dipyridamole increased cardiac index (by 23 +/- 10%) and reduced SVR (by 19 +/- 6%, both p < 0.05) without changing systemic arterial pressure. NO inhalation reduced PVR to <200 dyne x s/cm5 in 3 of 7 patients who had a PVR of >200 dyne x s/cm5 when breathing oxygen alone, whereas the combination of NO and dipyridamole decreased PVR to <200 dyne.s/cm(5) in 2 additional patients. Intravenous dipyridamole augments and prolongs the pulmonary vasodilator effects of inhaled NO in CHF patients with severe PH and, when administered in combination with NO inhalation, can identify PH reversibility in potential cardiac transplant recipients in whom a pulmonary vasodilator response to inhalation of NO alone is not observed.
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    • "Not surprisingly, the combination of agents resulted in more profound hemodynamic changes than in using separate drugs. Combinations of sildenafil and inhaled NO [12] and NO and dipyridomole [12] were well-tolerated and resulted in more profound favorable changes than each of the individual drugs. "
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    • "[7] The mechanisms of this LV filling pressure increase are unknown. However, studies have shown inter-individual variations in the inhaled-NO response that were independent from the cause of PH.7891011 NO signaling is mainly mediated by cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) accumulation within the cells as a consequence of increased guanylate cyclase activity. However, cGMP bioavailability is limited by the hydrolytic activity of phosphodiesterases (PDE), most notably PDE5. "
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