Mechanisms of physiological and pathological cardiac hypertrophy

  title={Mechanisms of physiological and pathological cardiac hypertrophy},
  author={Michinari Nakamura and Junichi Sadoshima},
  journal={Nature Reviews Cardiology},
Cardiomyocytes exit the cell cycle and become terminally differentiated soon after birth. Therefore, in the adult heart, instead of an increase in cardiomyocyte number, individual cardiomyocytes increase in size, and the heart develops hypertrophy to reduce ventricular wall stress and maintain function and efficiency in response to an increased workload. There are two types of hypertrophy: physiological and pathological. Hypertrophy initially develops as an adaptive response to physiological… CONTINUE READING
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