Influence of Myocardial Contraction on Coronary Microcirculation: Techniques and Results

  • Stephen H. Nellis
  • Larry Whitesell


For several years, our laboratory has been examining the hemodynamics of the coronary microcirculation with particular emphasis on the effect of myocardial contraction on these small vessels. The initial goals of the laboratory were to measure flow, diameter, and pressure in small vessels and relate the phasic characteristics of these measurements to each other.


Cardiac Cycle Left Ventricular Pressure Myocardial Contraction Small Vein Coronary Microcirculation 
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    Nellis SH, Liedtke AJ, Whitesell L (1981) Small coronary vessel pressure and diameter in an intact beating rabbit heart using fixed-position and free-motion techniques. Circ Res 49: 342–353PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    Spaan JAE, Breuls NPW, Laird JD (1981) Diastolic-systolic coronary flow differences are caused by intramyocardial pump action in the anesthetized dog. Circ Res 49: 584–593PubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen H. Nellis
  • Larry Whitesell
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  1. 1.The Section of CardiologyThe University of Wisconsin Medical CenterMadisonUSA

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