Directional Difference of Conduction Velocity in the Cardiac Ventricular Syncytium Studied by Microelectrodes
In the theory of electrocardiography the direction of myocardial fibers has been almost ignored. In order to evaluate whether this is proper or not, directional difference of conduction velocity in the ventricular syncytium was examined by capillary microelectrodes. Conduction velocity in the direction of myocardial fibers was found to be usually several times larger than that vertical to them. This difference is significantly large and cannot be ignored even though rapidity of conduction through Purkinje fibers is considered. This statement became more applicable in various abnormal conditions. Thus it is concluded that the direction of myocardial fibers should be given more attention in discussion of propagation of excitation waves in the cardiac ventricle.
- Received October 20, 1958.
- © 1959 American Heart Association, Inc.