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Response of the left ventricle to stress: Effects of exercise, atrial pacing, afterload stress and drugs

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Cardiology
0002-9149
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
47
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9149(81)90408-2
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Abstract A variety of tests are being utilized today to diagnose the presence of ischemie heart disease, assess the prognosis of myocardial and valvular heart disease and evaluate the effects of various pharmacologic agents on cardiac performance. This review summarizes the current evidence regarding the response of left ventricular performance and size to atrial pacing, afterload stress and various forms of exercise. The response in normal persons and in subjects with coronary heart disease is reviewed and, when applicable, the effects of various pharmacologic agents on exercise performance in these patient groups are examined.

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