n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Lack of cardioprotection by single-dose magnesium prophylaxis on isoprenaline-induced myocardial infarction in adult Wistar rats : cardiovascular topics

Volume 26, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1995-1892



Magnesium (Mg2+) is effective in treating cardiovascular disorders such as arrhythmias and pre-eclampsia, but its role during myocardial infarction (MI) remains uncertain. In this study, we investigated the effects of Mg2+ pre-treatment on isoprenaline (ISO)-induced MI .

Rats divided into four groups were each pre-treated with either MgSO (270 mg/kg intraperitoneally) or an equivalent volume of physiological saline, prior to the ISO (67 mg/kg subcutaneously) or saline treatments. One day post-treatment, the electrocardiogram and left ventricular blood pressures were recorded. Infarcts were determined using 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining, and serum markers of lipid peroxidation were measured with spectrophotometric assays.
Mg2+ pre-treatment neither altered the ISO-induced infarct size compared with ISO treatment alone ( > 0.05), nor reversed the low-voltage electrocardiogram or the prominent Q waves induced by ISO, despite a trend to decreased Q waves. Similarly, Mg2+ did not prevent the ISO-induced decrease in peak left ventricular blood pressure or the decrease in minimal rate of pressure change. Mg2+ did not reverse the ISO-induced gain in heart weight or loss of body weight. Neither ISO nor Mg2+ altered the concentrations of lipid peroxidation markers 24 hours post MI induction.
Although Mg2+ had no detrimental effects on electrical or haemodynamic activity in ISO-induced MI, the lack of infarct prevention may detract from its utility in MI therapy.

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