The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 383–393 | Cite as

Physiological significance of the geometrical shape of the left ventricle: Course and curvature of the individual myocardial fibers

  • Panagiotis C. Voukydis


A mathematical description of the course of myocardial fibers in the wall of the left ventricle is developed. By use of this mathematical description, an equation giving the curvature of the individual myocardial fibers is derived, and numerical solutions of this equation are presented.


Left Ventricle Geometrical Shape Mathematical Description Helix Angle Myocardial Fiber 
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© N. Rashevsky 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiotis C. Voukydis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyBoston University Medical CenterBoston

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