Effects of pharmacological myocardial depression on coronary artery collateral formation.

Treatment of angina pectoris falls within two spheres: (1) increasing myocardial blood flow (direct bypass, vasodilators), or (2) reducing oxygen demand (beta blockade, propranolol). If the latter depresses the stimulus for collateralization without improving input, its use in certain forms of coronary disease may require reconsideration. To examine this… (More)