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Mechanical stretch has been demonstrated to have electrophysiological effects on cardiac muscle, including alteration of the probability of excitation, alteration of the action potential waveform, and stretch-induced arrhythmia (SIA). We demonstrate that regional ventricular ischemia due to coronary artery occlusion increases arrhythmogenic effects of(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a potent tumor radiosensitizer; however, its clinical use is limited by systemic side effects. We have demonstrated previously that gene transfer of the human inducible NO synthase (iNOS) gene into tumor cells and tumors induces high-output NO production that significantly enhances tumor radioresponsiveness, with no observed side(More)
BACKGROUND Stretch-induced arrhythmias (SIAs) can be elicited in normal canine left ventricles by transient diastolic dilatation. Since clinically important ventricular arrhythmias arise most commonly in failing and dilated ventricles, we hypothesized that the arrhythmogenic effect of transient diastolic stretch would be enhanced in chronically dilated(More)
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