Abstract Title:

Reduction of atrial fibrillation by Tanshinone IIA in chronic heart failure.

Abstract Source:

Biomed Pharmacother. 2016 Dec ;84:1760-1767. Epub 2016 Nov 12. PMID: 27847200

Abstract Author(s):

Zhifeng He, Changzheng Sun, Yi Xu, Dezhi Cheng

Article Affiliation:

Zhifeng He


The aim of the present study was to confirm the effect of Tanshinone IIA (TAN) on the prevention of AF in chronic heart failure (CHF), and to elucidate the underlying electrophysiological mechanisms for the antiarrhythmic effects of TAN at the level of the atrium in an experimental model of CHF. In 10 female rabbits, CHF was induced by rapid ventricular pacing, leading to a significant decrease in ejection fraction in the presence of a dilated left ventricle and atrial enlargement. Twelve rabbits were sham-operated and served as controls. Isolated hearts were perfused using the Langendorff method. Burst pacing was used to induce AF. Monophasic action potential recordings showed an increase of atrial action potential duration (aAPD) and effective refractory period (aERP) in CHF hearts compared with sham hearts. Infusion of acetylcholine (1μm) and isoproterenol (1μm) led to AF in all failing hearts and in 11 sham hearts. Simultaneous infusion of TAN (10μm) remarkably reduced inducibility of AF in 50% of sham and 50% of failing hearts. TAN had no effect on aAPD but significantly increased aERP, leading to a marked increase in atrialpost-repolarization refractoriness. Moreover, TAN application moderately increased interatrial conduction time. TAN has been shown to be effective in reducing the inducibility of AF in an experimental model of AF. The antiarrhythmic effect is mainly due to prolongations of atrial post-repolarization refractoriness and a moderate increase in interatrial conduction time.

Study Type : Animal Study

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