Original communication Society for Vascular Surgery| Volume 38, ISSUE 6, P1050-1053, December 1955

Ventricular fibrillation in dogs after sudden return of flow to the coronary artery

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      The anterior descending coronary artery of dogs was temporarily occluded for the insertion of a polyethylene tube. Sudden return of the arterial flow after completion of this intubation was followed by ventricular fibrillation within twenty seconds in 6 of 31 animals. Intermittent release over a period of several minutes was associated with no fatalities in 11 dogs.
      These observations would seem to justify exercise of caution during the restoration of temporarily interrupted coronary flow in various types of procedures.
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