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Open Access Left Ventricular, Systemic Arterial, and Baroreflex Responses to Ketamine and TEE in Chronically Instrumented Monkeys

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Effects of prescribed doses of ketamine five minutes after application and influences of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) on left ventricular, systemic arterial, and baroreflex responses were investigated to test the hypothesis that ketamine and/or TEE probe insertion alter cardiovascular function. Seven rhesus monkeys were tested under each of four randomly selected experimental conditions: (1) intravenous bolus dose of ketamine (0.5 ml), (2) continuous infusion of ketamine (500 mg/kg/min), (3) continuous infusion of ketamine (500 mg/kg/min) with TEE, and (4) control (no ketamine or TEE). Monkeys were chronically instrumented with a high fidelity, dual-sensor micromanometer to measure left ventricular and aortic pressure and a transit-time ultrasound probe to measure aortic flow. These measures were used to calculate left ventricular function. A 4-element Windkessel lumped-parameter model was used to estimate total peripheral resistance and systemic arterial compliance. Baroreflex response was calculated as the change in R-R interval divided by the change in mean aortic pressure measured during administration of graded concentrations of nitroprusside. The results indicated that five minutes after ketamine application heart rate and left ventricular diastolic compliance decreased while TEE increased aortic systolic and diastolic pressure. We conclude that ketamine may be administered as either a bolus or continuous infusion without affecting cardiovascular function 5 minutes after application while the insertion of a TEE probe will increase aortic pressure. The results for both ketamine and TEE illustrate the classic “Hawthorne Effect,” where the observed values are partly a function of the measurement process. Measures of aortic pressure, heart rate, and left ventricular diastolic pressure should be viewed as relative, as opposed to absolute, when organisms are sedated with ketamine or instrumented with a TEE probe.

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Affiliations: 1: Department of Surgery, Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Institute, University of Louisville, 500 South Floyd Street, Room 118, Louisville, Kentucky 40202 2: Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402 3: Guidant Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota 55112 4: Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon 97006 5: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201 6: US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234

Publication date: 2001-12-01

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