Ischemic Model of Heart Failure in Rats and Mice

  • Jiqiu ChenEmail author
  • Delaine K. Ceholski
  • Irene C. Turnbull
  • Lifan Liang
  • Roger J. Hajjar
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1816)


Temporary or permanent left coronary artery (LCA) ligation is the most widely used model of heart failure. In the present protocol, we describe the materials necessary for the procedure, key steps of the LCA ligation, triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining, and calculation of myocardial infarction (MI) size after ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury (30 min/24 h) in rats and mice. We discuss precautions and tips regarding the operation before and after surgery, both in vivo and ex vivo. The aim of this chapter is to describe the details of LCA surgery and provide recommendations for current and future surgical operators.

Key words

Rodent Ischemia Ischemic heart failure Surgical Coronary artery ligation Ischemia–reperfusion 



This work is supported by NIH R01 HL117505, HL 119046, HL129814, 128072, HL131404, R01HL135093, a P50 HL112324, and two Transatlantic Fondation Leducq grants. We would like to acknowledge the Gene Therapy Resource Program (GTRP) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. DKC is supported by a fellowship from the American Heart Association (15POST25090116). ICT is supported by NIH/NHLBI K01 HL 133424-01.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiqiu Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Delaine K. Ceholski
    • 1
  • Irene C. Turnbull
    • 1
  • Lifan Liang
    • 1
  • Roger J. Hajjar
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiovascular Research CenterIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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