Cellular myocytes

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The function of the heart as a pump is ultimately dependent on the coordinated contractions of its chambers to move blood throughout the body. These contractions are produced by cardiac myocytes, the muscle cells of the heart. Understanding of the structure and function of these cells on an individual level provides insights into adaptations of the heart due to normal as well as pathophysiological changes over the course of a lifetime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781588294432
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Actin
  • Action potential
  • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
  • Gap junctions
  • Intercalated disk
  • Membrane potential
  • Myofibril
  • Myosin
  • Sarcomere
  • Sarcoplasmic reticulum
  • Transverse tubules
  • Tropomyosin
  • Troponin


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