The Effect of Complete Ischemia on the Intracellular Electrical Activity of the Whole Mammalian Heart
Spontaneous ventricular electrical potentials of whole mammalian hearts subjected to complete ischemia were investigated by means of the intracellular microelectrode. Spontaneous membrane action potentials persist for 20 min, following the onset of anoxia. Early, the duration of the action potential shortens, followed by a progressive fall in the amplitude of the spike. The resting potential shows a diminution to 65 per cent of the control value. The relationship of these effects to change in membrane ionic transports and metabolic processes are discussed.
- Received April 21, 1958.
- © 1958 American Heart Association, Inc.