Does the beta-blocker nebivolol increase coronary flow reserve?

Togni, Mario; Vigorito, Francesco; Windecker, Stephan; Abrecht, Linda; Wenaweser, Peter; Cook, Stephane; Billinger, Michael; Meier, Bernhard; Hess, Otto M (2007). Does the beta-blocker nebivolol increase coronary flow reserve? Cardiovascular drugs and therapy, 21(2), pp. 99-108. Branford, Conn.: Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers 10.1007/s10557-006-0494-7

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INTRODUCTION: Nebivolol, a highly selective beta1-adrenergic receptor-blocker, increases basal and stimulated endothelial nitric oxide (NO)-release. It is unknown, whether coronary perfusion is improved by the increase in NO availability. Therefore, we sought to evaluate the effect of nebivolol on coronary flow reserve (CFR) and collateral flow. METHODS: Doppler-flow wire derived coronary flow velocity measurements were obtained in ten controls and eight patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) at rest and after intracoronary nebivolol. CFR was defined as maximal flow during adenosine-induced hyperemia divided by resting flow. In the CAD group, collateral flow was determined after dilatation of a flow-limiting coronary stenosis. Collateral flow index (CFI) was defined as the ratio of flow velocity during balloon inflation divided by resting flow. RESULTS: CFR at rest was 3.0+/-0.6 in controls and 2.1+/-0.4 in CAD patients. After intracoronary doses of 0.1, 0.25, and 0.5 mg nebivolol, CFR increased to 3.4+/-0.7, 3.9+/-0.9, and 4.0+/-0.1 (p<0.01) in controls, and to 2.3+/-0.7, 2.6+/-0.9, and 2.6+/-0.5 (p<0.05) in CAD patients. CFI decreased significantly with intracoronary nebivolol and correlated to changes in heart rate (r=0.75, p<0.001) and rate-pressure product (r=0.59, p=0.001). DISCUSSION: Intracoronary nebivolol is associated with a significant increase in CFR due to reduction in resting flow (controls), or due to an increase in maximal coronary flow (CAD patients). CFI decreased with nebivolol parallel to the reduction in myocardial oxygen consumption.

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Windecker, Stephan; Wenaweser, Peter Martin; Cook, Stéphane; Billinger, Michael; Meier, Bernhard and Hess, Otto






Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers




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