James S. Rankin

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The Frank-Starling relationship generally has been examined with filling pressure as the index of preload, resulting in a curvilinear function that plateaus at higher filling pressures. To investigate this relationship further in the intact heart, 32 dogs were chronically instrumented with left ventricular and pleural micromanometers and with regional (10(More)
OBJECTIVE In some respects, outcome reporting in valvular surgery has been hampered by focusing on specific populations, reluctance to publish high-risk subgroups, and possibly skewed or inadequate samples. The goal of this study was to evaluate risk factors for operative mortality comprehensively across the entire spectrum of cardiac valvular procedures(More)
The proinflammatory cytokines have been implicated in mediating myocardial dysfunction associated with myocardial infarction, severe congestive heart failure, and sepsis. We tested the hypothesis that cytokine levels are elevated after uncomplicated coronary artery bypass grafting and associated with episodes of postoperative myocardial ischemia and(More)
Ischemic mitral regurgitation is a serious and increasingly common clinical disorder, but at present, little is known of the associated prognostic implications, especially in specific therapeutic subgroups. Over a 6.5-year period beginning January 1, 1981, postinfarction mitral regurgitation was demonstrated ventriculographically in 2,343 (19%) of 11,748(More)
The concept of an incremental elastic modulus is applied in the quantification of passive elastic stiffness-stress relations of intact heart muscle, and a transmural pressure-volume relation for the left ventricle is subsequently derived in terms of geometry, muscle elasticity, and external pressures to assess their importance. Physiological and clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe outcomes of patients sustaining an acute myocardial infarction complicated by mitral regurgitation managed with contemporary reperfusion therapies. DESIGN Inception cohort case study. Long-term follow-up was obtained in 99% of all patients. SETTING University referral center. PATIENTS A series of 1,480 consecutive patients(More)
In nine conscious, chronically instrumented dogs, ultrasonic dimension transducers measured left ventricular anterior-posterior and septal-free wall minor axis and major axis diameters. Matched micromanometers measured right and left ventricular transmural and transeptal pressures. Ventricular pressures and volumes were varied by inflation of implanted vena(More)
The dynamic geometry of the left ventricle was assessed with the use of chronically implanted pulse-transit ultrasonic dimension transducers. The orientation of the transducers allowed the measurement of left ventricular minor and major axis diameters and equatorial wall thickness in the conscious dog. The left ventricle was modeled as a three-dimensional,(More)
The mechanical properties of the normal left ventricular wall during diastole were studied in 15 chronically instrumented, conscious dogs. Left ventricular minor and major axis diameters and equatorial wall thickness were measured with implanted pulse-transit ultrasonic dimension transducers. Left ventricular and pleural pressures were measured with high(More)
The short-term force-frequency characteristics of canine left ventricular myocardium were examined in both isolated and intact preparations by briefly pertubing the frequency of contraction with early extrasystoles. The maximum rate of rise of isometric tension (Fmas) of the isolated trabeculae carneae was potentiated by the introduction of extrasystoles.(More)