Coronary Circulation and Myocardial Ischemia

  • Michael R. Pinsky
  • Antonio Artigas
  • Jean-Francois Dhainaut

Part of the Update in Intensive Care Medicine book series (volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Basic Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Applied Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. D. M. Van Winkle
      Pages 23-35
    3. J.-F. Dhainaut, N. Marin, J. D. Chiche
      Pages 36-45
    4. H. R. Lijnen, D. Collen
      Pages 62-71
  4. Functional Assessment of the Coronary Circulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. J. Figueras
      Pages 90-98
    3. A. Flotats, I. Carrió
      Pages 99-113
  5. Therapeutic and Clinical Applications

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-193

About this book


The coronary circulation is central to sustaining myocardial viability. Unlike the cir­ culations of most other organs, if the coronary circulation becomes insufficient to sustain myocardial contractile function, overall quality of life rapidly declines and life can abruptly end. In partnership with the cerebral circulation, the coronary circula­ tion plays a central role in sustaining life. However, unlike the cerebral circulation, whose function is self-sufficient to define life, the coronary circulation determines global blood flow and thus the initial state for the remainder of the body. This unique condition, together with the reality that coronary artery disease primarily affects peo­ ple in their productive years of life, has allowed physicians and scientists who study the heart to enjoy a privileged position in the field of medical research and clinical practice. Thus, it comes as little surprise that many new and exciting research developments involving the coronary circulation have recently come to the forefront of medical thinking. This reality, coupled with the large number of clinical trials of agents specif­ ically designed to sustain or improve coronary flow in many disease states, makes the timing of this monograph relevant. The book features papers presented at a recent international symposium, the fourth in a series of meetings on Applied Physiology of the Peripheral Circulation. The papers selected by the editors review the most impor­ tant advances in the fields of cardiology and the coronary circulation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Pinsky
    • 1
  • Antonio Artigas
    • 2
  • Jean-Francois Dhainaut
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cell Biology and PhysiologyAutonomous UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.ParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-42588-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-57212-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-6788
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