Effects of Myocardial Ischemia on Cardiac Contractility and Ion Transport in Working and Langendorff Rabbit Heart

  • H. Rhee
  • L. Tyler
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 180)


Myocardial ischemic injury causes initially reversible cellular changes that may gradually become fixed when the unrelieved ischemia progresses to irreversible myocardial injury and permanent myocardial infarction. Previous research has been focused on the early detection of the ischemic injury, determination of the extent of the damage, and the reversibility of the damage after an induction of experimental ischemia in different animal models (Jennings et al., 1969; Lucchesi et al., 1976; Schaper et al., 1979). Fortunately, we now have an impressive body of knowledge about the characteristics of cardiac ischemic injury and subsequent cell death in terms of biochemistry (Opie, 1976; Rovetto and Neely, 1977; Chua et al., 1979), pathophysiology (Muller et al., 1979; Philips et al., 1975; Roberts et al., 1977), and histology (Jennings et al., 1975; Budd et al., 1978). Recently nucleotide fluorescence (Williamson et al., 1977); and phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance (Nunnally and Bottomley, 1981) technique have been used for the biochemical characterization of the ischemic injury.


Coronary Flow Ischemic Injury Contractile Force Rabbit Heart Ouabain Binding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Rhee
    • 1
  • L. Tyler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyOral Roberts University School of MedicineTulsaUSA

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