© 1980

Cardiac Dynamics

  • Jan Baan
  • Alexander C. Arntzenius
  • Edward L. Yellin

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Cardiac Muscle Mechanics: From the Fiber Down to the Sarcomere

  3. Cardiac Chamber Dynamics: From the Fiber up to the Myocardium

  4. Pump Function and Filling: Interaction with the Low Pressure System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Edward L. Yellin, Edmund H. Sonnenblick, Robert W. M. Frater
      Pages 145-158
    3. John V. Tyberg, Gregory A. Misbach, William W. Parmley, Stanton A. Glantz
      Pages 159-168

About this book


Cardiac Dynamics is the name of a relatively young field of study, born from the fruitful interaction between branches of two different disciplines: medicine and physics. "Dynamics" is the branch of physics which deals with the action of forces on bodies or particles in motion or at rest. "Cardiac" relates to the clinical field of cardiology but also to cardiophysiology, both of which are specialized branches of medicine. Narrower than the well­ established field of Hemodynamics, Cardiac Dynamics is restricted to dynamic phenomena occurring in and around the heart. The mathematical treatment of such phenomena, however, is vastly more complex because of the intricate nature of the mechanisms involved in the cardiac action. Thus, whereas hemodynamics is concerned with predominantly passive (visco-) elastic structures - vessels - containing time-variant flow of viscous flui- blood -, the mechanical study of the heart requires additional con­ siderations such as: active elastic components representing the contractile mechanism of cardiac muscle, complex geometry and fiber structure in the myocardial wall, autoregulatory mechanisms, and intricate flow patterns associated with valve motion. Viewed in this light it is not surprising that attempts to describe ventricular pump function and to quantify contractile performance have not reached the level of sophistication which is common in e. g. arterial hemodynamics. For the same reason, many of the often simplified approaches to describe ventricular mechanics failed to stand up to more rigorous theoretical, experimental or clinical testing.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Baan
    • 1
  • Alexander C. Arntzenius
    • 1
  • Edward L. Yellin
    • 2
  1. 1.Leiden University HospitalLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cardiac Dynamics
  • Editors J. Baan
    A.C. Arntzenius
    E.L. Yellin
  • Series Title Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-2212-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-8798-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8796-8
  • Series ISSN 0166-9842
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 555
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
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