BACKGROUND: Vasoreactivity testing with high-dose acetylcholine is considered vasospasm provocation and low-dose as endothelial function testing.
AIMS: To assess the changes in reaction to low- and high-dose acetylcholine in the endotypes of CAS as defined by the Coronary Vasomotor Disorders International Study Group (COVADIS) working group.
METHODS: Changes in coronary epicardial diameter, coronary blood flow (CBF) and vascular resistance were determined at low-dose acetylcholine.
RESULTS: A total of 88 ANOCA patients were included in this analysis. In the negative group (n = 14) incremental infusion of acetylcholine produced a progressive increase in CBF (p = 0.008). In reaction to low-dose acetylcholine, the epicardial vasospasm group (n = 30) is characterised by epicardial vasoconstriction that is significantly more severe compared to the microvascular vasospasm group (p = 0.004)(n = 23). The equivocal group (n = 21) is characterised by an increase in CBF and reduction in vascular resistance that are both significantly different compared to the epicardial vasospasm group (p = 0.036 and p = 0.007, respectively). High-dose acetylcholine decreased epicardial diameter and CBF significantly in the epicardial vasospasm, microvascular vasospasm and in the equivocal group (all p < 0.05. Vascular resistance increased significantly in the epicardial vasospasm group (p < 0.001) and equivocal group (p = 0.009).
CONCLUSION: In reaction to low-dose acetylcholine the negative and equivocal endotype has haemodynamic changes that suggest intact endothelium. In reaction to high-dose acetylcholine the epicardial vasospasm, microvascular vasospasm and equivocal endotype have hemodynamic changes that suggest VSMC-hyperreactivity. These results suggest that the equivocal endotype is a positive test comparable to microvascular vasospasm in the presence of normal endothelial function.