Abstract The purpose of this paper is to revise the parameters of the Hodgkin-Huxley formulation for the Na + current in ventricular myocardial cells. To this end we have assembled much of the recent voltage clamp data on cardiac preparations obtained with modern voltage clamp and patch clamp techniques. The selected activation and inactivation characteristics of the Na + channel and other membrane parameters represent a good compromise between available experimental measurements and lead to a reasonable average representation of the cardiac Na + membrane current. The resulting Na + conductance changes during the action potential upstroke are much larger than in earlier models, so that the upstroke is much faster and the peak depolarization is close to the Na + equilibrium potential. The firing threshold level is nearly constant for resting potentials in the range of −70 and −90 mV. The maximum rate of rise of the action potential displayed by the new model is quite comparable to experimental observations.