Blood flow to the latissimus dorsi muscle pouch during chronic counterpulsation stimulation.

The cyclic contraction of a skeletal muscle ventricle (SMV) stimulated in counterpulsation results in phasic perfusion of the muscle. Perfusion will occur primarily during cardiac systole when the muscle is relaxed. However, the resting preload of the SMV will be systolic arterial pressure, which will impede blood flow to the relaxed muscle. To determine… CONTINUE READING