Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 3–17 | Cite as

Cardiac mechanics: Basic and clinical contemporary research

  • Ares Pasipoularides


This survey of cardiac hemodynamics updates evolving concepts of myocardial and ventricular systolic and diastolic loading and function. The pumping action of the heart and its interactions with arterial and venous systems in health and disease provide an extremely rich and challenging field of research, viewed from a fluid dynamic perspective. Many of the more important problems in this field, even if the fluid dynamics in them are considered in isolation, are found to raise questions which have not been asked in the history of fluid dynamics research. Biomedical engineering will increasingly contribute to their solution.


Cardiac mechanics Hemodynamics Ventricular function Myocardium Systole Ventricular ejection Diastole 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ares Pasipoularides
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  1. 1.Departments of Biomedical Engineering and MedicineDuke University and Duke University Medical CenterDurham

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