Reverse structural and gap-junctional remodeling after prolonged atrial fibrillation in the goat.

BACKGROUND Prolonged atrial fibrillation (AF) results in electrical, structural, and gap-junctional remodeling. We examined the reversibility of the changes in (ultra)structure and gap junctions. METHODS AND RESULTS Four groups of goats were used: (1) sinus rhythm (SR), (2) 4 months' AF (4 mo AF), (3) 2 months' SR after 4 mo AF (2 mo post-AF), and (4) 4… (More)