Mechanical manifestations of activation in cardiac muscle.

  title={Mechanical manifestations of activation in cardiac muscle.},
  author={Lincoln E. Ford},
  journal={Circulation research},
  volume={68 3},
W hen a muscle is stimulated electrically, its ability to contract rises and then falls. It is conceptually easy to imagine, therefore, that something called the "active state" might rise and fall with a well-defined time course. Although the concept is simple, the attempts to measure this time course have produced such conflicting results that the whole concept has fallen into disrepute.1 These conflicting results generally are attributed to the fact that the perturbations used to make the… CONTINUE READING


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