Regional topical hypothermia of the beating heart: preservation of function and tissue.


BACKGROUND Protection of the myocardium during beating heart operations is paramount. The goal of this study is to determine if regional topical hypothermia (RTH) preserves myocardial viability and function during periods of temporary coronary artery occlusion. METHODS Sixteen pigs were divided into two groups (RTH and control). Each group received 40… (More)