Pyruvate-Enhanced Cardioprotection during Surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Albert H. Olivencia-Yurvati, James L. Blair, Mirza Baig, Robert T. Mallet

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Objectives: To determine whether pyruvate-fortified cardioplegia solution provides cardioprotection superior to lactate-based cardioplegia solutions in patients undergoing elective coronary revascularization, with specific attention to post-surgical recovery of left ventricular performance as well as biochemical markers of ischemic injury. Design: Prospective, randomized, semi-blinded human trial. Setting: Community-based academic medical center. Participants: Thirty adult patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Interventions: Patients were randomized to two 4:1 blood cardioplegia solutions, one pyruvate enhanced and the other lactate based. Hemodynamic and laboratory variables were measured in all patients at pre-cross-clamp, post-cross-clamp, and 4, 6, 8, and 12 hours after bypass. Measurements and Main Results: Relative to lactate-based cardioplegia, pyruvate-fortified cardioplegia sharply increased left ventricular stroke work at 4 to 12 hours after bypass (p < 0.001), lowered coronary sinus troponin I and creatine phosphokinase-MB activities 67% (p < 0.001) and 53% (p < 0.01), respectively, and increased coronary sinus hemoglobin 02 saturation 18% (p < 0.001). Ten patients treated with lactate cardioplegia required β-adrenergic inotropic support postbypass, but only 4 pyruvate-treated patients required β-adrenergic support (p = 0.067). Pyruvate cardioplegia shortened postsurgery hospitalization from 6.3 ± 0.3 to 5.2 ± 0.1 days (p < 0.002). Conclusions: Pyruvate-fortified cardioplegia mitigated myocardial injury during coronary artery bypass surgery and facilitated postsurgical recovery of cardiac performance. Thus, pyruvate-enhanced cardioplegia may provide cardioprotection superior to lactate-based solutions during surgical cardiac arrest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-720
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • Antioxidant
  • Cardiac troponin I
  • Cardioprotection
  • Coronary revascularization
  • Creatine phosphokinase MB isoform
  • Lactate
  • Pyruvate


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