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Sex-specific assessment of reduced coronary sinus flow in non-hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease at rest

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Author(s): Xiao-Zhi Zheng | Bin Yang | Jing Wu

Journal: Libyan Journal of Medicine
ISSN 1819-6357

Volume: 8;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: coronary flow | coronary sinus | coronary artery stenoses | males and females | non-hypertensive patients | transthoracic Doppler echocardiography

ABSTRACT
Background: Access to data on the coronary flow in the coronary sinus (CS) can aid in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). We tested the hypothesis that assessing the CS flow by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTE) at rest can detect coronary artery stenosis in non-hypertensive patients. Methods: The antegrade phase of coronary flow in the CS was analyzed and compared in 140 male and 135 female non-hypertensive subjects who had all undergone coronary angiography. Results: There were statistically significant differences noted between males and females for the CS flow both in normal subjects and patients with CAD. Compared with normal subjects, patients with CAD had significantly lower blood flow in the CS both in males (196.6±174.31 vs. 367.65±168.04 ml/min, P
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