Usefulness of pimobendan in the treatment of heart failure

D J Duncker, F J van Dalen, J M Hartog, J M Lamers, R J Rensen, P R Saxena, P D Verdouw

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The effects of the benzimidazole-pyridazinone pimobendan (UD-CG 115 BS) on systemic haemodynamics, myocardial performance and the distribution of cardiac output were studied in open-chest anaesthetized pigs. After intravenous bolus injections (0.1-0.5 mg • kg-1, n = 7) increases in heart rate (up to 37%), LVdP/dtmax (up to 54%) and decreases in systemic vascular resistance (up to 33%) and left ventricular filling pressure (up to 50%) were observed, while cardiac output was unchanged. Vasodilation occurred in nearly all regional vascular beds, but was most pronounced in the adrenals (200%), followed by stomach (150%), small intestines (130%), heart (125%) and brain (110%). O2-consumption was not affected in spite of the increases in heart rate and myocardial inotropy. To evaluate the direct effects on the myocardial, pimobendan was also infused (1-5 μg • kg-1 • min-1, n = 7) directly into the left anterior descending coronary artery. In addition to a marked vasodilation of the coronary bed (140%), also a lowering of the left ventricular filling pressure (up to 20%) and cardiac output (15%) was observed, but no changes in regional myocardial function, LVdP/dtmax and systemic vascular resistance occurred. Immediately after intracoronary bolus injections (1 mg • kg-1, n = 4), vasodilation of the coronary vessels was apparent, but myocardial contractility was not affected. This may explain that cyclic AMP content, determined in biopsies excised 30 s after injection, was unaltered. It may be concluded that pimobendan exerts actions on the cardiovascular system which may be useful in the treatment of heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1740-4
Number of pages5
JournalDrug Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1986


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