İsmail Gürbak, Arda Güler, Cafer Panç, Ahmet Güner, Mehmet Ertürk

İstanbul Sağlık Bilimleri Üniversitesi, Mehmet Akif Ersoy Göğüs Kalp Ve Damar Cerrahisi Eğitim Ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kardiyoloji, İstanbul, Turkey

Keywords: heart rate recovery, radial artery spasm, coronary angiography


Objectives: Radial artery spasm (RAS) is associated with several pathophysiological pathways, including endothelial and autonomic dysfunction, and causes failed coronary interventions. Heart rate recovery (HRR) is a simple measurement of autonomic nervous system dysfunction. We aimed to investigate the relationship between HRR and RAS during coronary angiography (CA) in the present study.

Patients and Methods: This study included 167 patients (mean age 54.6 ± 8.2, 131 males) who underwent a treadmill stress test (TST) according to the Bruce protocol before trans-radial CA. HRR in the first minute (HRR1) was calculated as the difference between peak heart rate and heart rate one minute after the TST. Patients were divided into two groups according to the presence of RAS.

Results: Among the study population, RAS developed in 26 patients (15.5%). HRR1 and HRR in the third minute (HRR3) were lower in the RAS group. Also, the abnormal HRR1 rate was higher in the RAS group (35.5% vs. 76.9%, p < 0.001). Total procedural time, more than one puncture attempt, more than one catheter use, fluoroscopy time, radiation exposure, contrast volume was higher in the RAS group. Female gender, total procedural time, more than one catheter use, and abnormal HRR1 were independent predictors of RAS.

Conclusion: The current data suggest that a significant relationship was found between abnormal HRR1 and RAS. HRR, a simple autonomic dysfunction parameter, can provide additional information regarding the success of radial procedures.