Adaptation of passive rat left ventricle in diastolic dysfunction

H. R. Chaudhry, B. Bukiet, M. Siegel, T. Findley, A. B. Ritter, N. Guzelsu

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This article deals with providing a theoretical explanation for quantitative changes in the geometry, the opening angle and the deformation parameters of the rat ventricular wall during adaptation of the passive left ventricle in diastolic dysfunction. A large deformation theory is applied to analyse transmural stress and strain distribution in the left ventricular wall considering it to be made of homogeneous, incompressible, transversely isotropic, non-linear elastic material. The basic assumptions made for computing stress distributions are that the average circumferential stress and strain for the adaptive ventricle is equal to the average circumferential stress and strain in the normotensive ventricle, respectively. All the relevant parameters, such as opening angle, twist per unit length, axial extension, internal and external radii and others, in the stress-free, unloaded and loaded states of normotensive, hypertensive and adaptive left ventricle are determined. The circumferential stress and strain distribution through the ventricular wall are also computed. Our analysis predicts that during adaptation, wall thickness and wall mass of the ventricle increase. These results are consistent with experimental findings and are the indications of initiation of congestive heart failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 7 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics


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