Caffeine reversal of length-dependent changes in myocardial contractile state in the cat.

The present study evaluated potential mechanisms for the slow length-dependent change in myocardial contractile state. Using 40 isolated right ventricular cat papillary muscles, we found that 10 mM caffeine reversed the subsequent slow change in myocardial performance following a change in muscle length. Since caffeine acts both at the sarcolemma and the… CONTINUE READING