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A New Non-Invasive Method for Assessing the Intrinsic Active Strength of Human Left Ventricular Tissue

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Tom E. Claessens

Ghent University, Ghent, BelgiumUniversity College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

Ernst R. Rietzschel, Marc L. De Buyzere, Thierry C. Gillebert

Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

Dirk De Bacquer, Pascal R. Verdonck, Patrick Segers

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Guy De Backer, Peter Van Ransbeeck

University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

Paper No. SBC2007-176314, pp. 185-186; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Keystone, Colorado, USA, June 20–24, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4798-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The contractile state of the human left ventricle (LV) is often assessed by its end-systolic elastance (Ees) [1]. This index is calculated as the slope of the linear end-systolic pressure-volume relationship (ESPVR), which connects the upper left corners of pressure-volume loops obtained under various loading conditions (figure 1).

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