Potassium Channel Activation and Arrhythmogenicity

  • Michiel J. Janse
  • Arthur A. M. Wilde
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 179)


It may be expected that potassium channel openers (KCOs), in particular openers of the ATP sensitive K+ channel, will become increasingly available for the treatment of angina pectoris and hypertension. It is therefore important to define possible proarrhythmic effects of KCOs especially in the setting of acute ischemia. As will be shown there are surprisingly few experimental data allowing a firm conclusion be made regarding this important issue. A discussion about pro- and anti-arrhythmic effects of KCOs is confounded by a number of factors, of which the most important are: dosage, species differences, experimental models (notably in vivo experiments versus experiments on isolated preparations or myocytes), heart rate, and in the setting of ischaemia the time after coronary artery occlusion. We will firstly discuss the effects of KCOs on normoxic cardiac tissue before focusing on ischaemia-induced arrhythmias.


Ventricular Fibrillation Refractory Period KATP Channel Action Potential Duration Cardiovasc Drug 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiel J. Janse
    • 1
  • Arthur A. M. Wilde
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental & Clinical Cardiology, M-0-52, Academic Medical CenterUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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