We studied hemodynamic changes, catecholamine responses, and the occurrence of improved wall thickening by echocardiography during two different dobutamine-infusion protocols. Forty-three patients were studied by using a stepwise incremental dobutamine dose-infusion protocol (10-40 μg/kg/min, 3-min intervals); a subgroup of 11 patients also underwent a continuous dobutamine-infusion protocol (10 μg/kg/min for 12 min) in random order. No patient used β-blockers. At 3-min intervals, blood pressure, heart rate, and plasma concentrations of dobutamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine were measured. The echocardiographic improvement of wall thickening was analyzed only in paired protocols by visual assessment in left ventricular regions with normal wall motion at rest. The mean heart rate increased in the continuous and stepwise protocols from 73 to 99 and 74 to 132 beats/min. There was no significant change in blood pressure response between the two protocols. The mean plasma dobutamine concentrations during the continuous and stepwise protocols at 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12 min were 0/0; 31/38; 80/203; 106/448; and 120/692 ng/ml, respectively. In each patient, a response curve was constructed for the plasma dobutamine concentration versus heart rate. The heart rate increment and dobutamine concentration at which wall thickening was detected were similar with both protocols (14 ± 5 vs. 12 ± 7 beats/min) and (8) ± 40 vs. 92 ± 48 ng/ml; mean ± SD). Wall thickening was noted in two of 11 patients between 0 and 3 min and 11 of 11 patients between 3 and 6 min in both protocols. Catecholamine responses during the continuous and stepwise protocols were epinephrine, 23 versus 28/28 versus 36, and norepinephrine 301 versus 323/347 versus 519. Only norepinephrine plasma concentrations increased significantly during the stepwise protocol. A 6-min dobutamine infusion was sufficient during both protocols to reach an adequate plasma dobutamine concentration, which induced a detectable increase of wall thickening in all patients. There is a significant differences between the two protocols with regard to the plasma catecholamine changes, so some of the hemodynamic effects during the stepwise dobutamine-infusion protocol may be mediated through release of endogenous catecholamines.

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Keywords Catecholamine, Contractile reserve, Dobutamine
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1097/00005344-199706000-00015, hdl.handle.net/1765/65432
Journal Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Poldermans, D, Boersma, H, Fioretti, P.M, Cornel, J.H, Sciarra, A, Salustri, A, … Man in 't Veld, A.J. (1997). Hemodynamic changes, plasma catecholamine responses, and echocardiographically detected contractile reserve during two different dobutamine-infusion protocols. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 29(6), 808–813. doi:10.1097/00005344-199706000-00015