Cell and Tissue Biology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 24–29 | Cite as

Rat heart structural and functional characteristics and gas exchange parameters after experimental myocardial infarction

  • E. V. Baidyuk
  • G. A. Sakuta
  • L. P. Kislyakova
  • Yu. Ya. Kislyakov
  • S. V. Okovityi
  • B. N. Kudryavtsev


Structural and functional changes in the heart and the parameters of gas exchange in rats were analyzed 6 months after initiation of myocardial infarction. With the aid of echocardiography, an increase was revealed of the terminal systolic and terminal diastolic sizes of the left heart ventricle in rats with chronic heart failure as compared with control by 78 and 30%, respectively. The volumes of the left ventricle in the systole and diastole were even greater—by five and two times, respectively. Dilation of the left ventricle cavity was accompanied by a thinning of the interventricular septum. As a result of structural changes of the left ventricle, its ability to function was significantly degraded. The shortening fraction in chronic heart failure decreased by 60%, while the output fraction decreased by 52%, compared with the corresponding parameters in control rats. Measurement of gas exchange showed that oxygen consumption in rats with chronic heart failure increased by almost 30%, while production of carbon dioxide by more than 40%. The respiration coefficient in rats with chronic heart failure amounted to 0.85, which indicates a significant increase of contribution of carbohydrates as energy substrates in metabolism of myocardium.


myocardial infarction chronic heart failure echocardiography respiratory coefficient 



myocardial infarction


terminal diastolic size of LV


terminal systolic size of LV


left ventricle


left atrium


interventricular septum


cardiac output


systolic volume


ejection fraction


shortening fraction


chronic heart failure


heart contraction rate


echocardiographic study


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Baidyuk
    • 1
  • G. A. Sakuta
    • 1
  • L. P. Kislyakova
    • 2
  • Yu. Ya. Kislyakov
    • 2
  • S. V. Okovityi
    • 3
  • B. N. Kudryavtsev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of CytologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.St. Petersburg State University of Analytical InstrumentationSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Chemical Pharmaceutical AcademySt. PetersburgRussia

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