Myocardial extracellular matrix remodeling in ischemic heart failure.


Left ventricular (LV) remodeling is a process whereby structural alterations attempt to compensate altered hemodynamic load. In the chronic setting this process becomes maladaptive, self-sustaining and is associated with worsened survival. The extracellular matrix (ECM) of the heart, once believed an inert scaffold for cardiomyocytes, is now known to play… (More)