Effect of anemia on cardiac function, microvascular structure, and capillary hematocrit in rat hearts.


The effect of anemia on the coronary microcirculation was studied in young male rats. Chronic anemia resulted in increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure and decreased functional reserve. Cardiac mass in anemic animals increased by 25%. Capillary and arteriolar densities in these hearts remained unchanged, indicating angiogenesis in this… (More)


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