Influence of zoledronic acid on atrial electrophysiological parameters and electrocardiographic measurements

James E. Tisdale, Matthew R. Allen, Brian R. Overholser, Heather A. Jaynes, Richard J. Kovacs

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Zoledronic Acid Alters Atrial Electrophysiology Introduction Our objective was to determine effects of zoledronic acid (ZA) on atrial electrophysiological parameters and electrocardiographic measurements. Methods and Results Ex vivo perfusion study: Isolated guinea pig hearts were perfused with modified Krebs-Henseleit (K-H) buffer with or without ZA 0.07 mg/kg/L (each n = 6). In ZA-perfused hearts, atrial action potential at 90% repolarization (APD<inf>90</inf>) decreased more from baseline than in controls (-23.2% ± -5.1% vs. -2.1% ± -8.1%, P < 0.0001), as did APD<inf>30</inf> (-28.8% ± -3.8% vs. -2.1% ± -2.1%, P < 0.0001). In vivo dose-response study: Guinea pigs underwent intraperitoneal injections every 2 weeks in 1 of 4 groups (each n = 8): ZA 0.007 mg/kg (low-dose), ZA 0.07 mg/kg (medium-dose), ZA 0.7 mg/kg (high-dose), or placebo. Hearts were excised at 8 weeks and perfused with modified K-H. Atrial effective refractory period (ERP) was lower with medium- and high-dose ZA versus placebo (P = 0.004). Atrial APD<inf>30</inf> was lower with high-dose ZA versus placebo, low and medium doses (P < 0.001). Canine ECG study: Mature female beagles received intravenous ZA 0.067 mg/kg or saline (placebo; each n = 6) every 2 weeks for 12 weeks. P wave dispersion was greater in the ZA group (7.7 ± 3.7 vs. 3.4 ± 2.6 ms, P = 0.04). There were no significant differences in P wave index, maximum or minimum P wave duration, or PR interval. Conclusion ZA shortens left atrial APD and ERP and increases P wave dispersion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-677
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • action potential
  • atrial fibrillation
  • bisphosphonates
  • electrocardiography
  • P wave
  • PR interval
  • proarrhythmia
  • zoledronic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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