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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices, Third Edition|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
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- Action potential
- Adenosine triphosphate
- Gap junctions
- Intercalated disk
- Membrane potential
- Sarcoplasmic reticulum
- Transverse tubules