Nov 7, 2000

Effects of intermittent hypoxia on action potential and contraction in non-ischemic and ischemic rat papillary muscle

Life Sciences
Yi ZhangZ N Zhou


Although it has been reported that intermittent hypoxia had the anti-arrhythmia effect, little is known about the effects on the action potential (AP) and contraction of papillary muscle, as well as the mechanism of anti-arrhythmia. The purpose of present study is to observe the effects of intermittent hypoxia on action potential and contraction of papillary muscle in rat left ventricle simultaneously using conventional intracellular microelectrode and contraction recording. The effects of intermittent hypoxia on AP and contraction during ischemic solution perfusion were also investigated. After exposed to intermittent hypoxia (six hours daily) for 42 days (IH42), duration (APD20) of 20%, 50% (APD50) and 90% (APD90) repolarization of AP prolonged significantly compared with animals in control (Con). Effective refractory period (ERP) in IH42 also prolonged significantly. Perfused with mimic ischemic solution, the changes of electric and mechanical activities in IH42 and in 28 days exposure to intermittent hypoxia (IH28) were much smaller than that in Con and IH14. The result of the study suggested that intermittent hypoxia prolonged the APD and ERP, offered the resistance against the ischemic damage on myocardium, which may be t...Continue Reading

  • References
  • Citations20


  • We're still populating references for this paper, please check back later.
  • References
  • Citations20


Mentioned in this Paper

Myocardial Contraction
Left Ventricular Structure
Action Potentials
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
Contraction (Finding)
Refractory Period, Electrophysiological
Myocardial Ischemia
Refractory Period

About this Paper

Related Feeds


Arrhythmias are abnormalities in heart rhythms, which can be either too fast or too slow. They can result from abnormalities of the initiation of an impulse or impulse conduction or a combination of both. Here is the latest research on arrhythmias.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia that is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, particularly due to stroke and thromboembolism. Here is the latest research.