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ABSTRACT: A mathematical model of the cardiomyocyte electromechanical function is used to study contribution of mechanical factors to rhythm disturbances in the case of the cardiomyocyte calcium overload. Particular attention is paid to the overload caused by diminished activity of the sodium-potassium pump. It is shown in the framework of the model, where mechano-calcium feedback is accounted for that myocardium mechanics may significantly enhance arrhythmogenicity of the calcium overload. Specifically, a role of cross-bridge attachment/detachment processes, a role of mechanical conditions of myocardium contractions (length, load), and a role of myocardium viscosity in the case of simulated calcium overload have been revealed. Underlying mechanisms are analyzed. Several approaches are designed in the model and compared to each other for recovery of the valid myocardium electrical and mechanical performance in the case of the partially suppressed sodium-potassium pump.

The complete original paper reference is cited below:

Mathematical modeling of mechanically modulated rhythm disturbances in homogeneous and heterogeneous myocardium with attenuated activity of na+ -k+ pump Bulletin of Mathmatical Biology, Volume 70, Number 3, 910-949. PubMed ID: 18259823