Mechanical unloading increases caveolin expression in the failing human heart.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in the failing human heart initiates structural and functional changes termed reverse remodeling. Mechanical unloading improves cardiac adrenergic responsiveness and lipid metabolism, processes regulated by caveolar function. We tested the hypothesis that mechanical unloading alters the… (More)

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