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Evolution of Scar Mechanical Properties During Myocardial Infarct Healing in Rat

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Gregory M. Fomovsky, Jeffrey W. Holmes

Columbia University, New York, NY

Paper No. SBC2007-176422, pp. 197-198; 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 mechanics of healing myocardial infarcts are an important determinant of post-infarction left ventricular (LV) function and remodeling. Large animal infarct models are well studied; healing infarct scars have been shown to be mechanically and structurally anisotropic [1], and this anisotropy may help preserve LV function during some stages of healing [2]. At the same time, it has been suggested that the rat model of myocardial infarction is more similar to humans in the range of infarct sizes and observed LV dysfunction [3]. However, in the rat model, infarct mechanics and their effect on the overall LV function have not been described so far.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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