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Using skeletal muscle for cardiac assistance

Ray C.-J. Chiu
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 1 Number 5: Page 68 (December 1994)

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Abstract: Electrical stimulation of skeletal muscle can increase its resistance to fatigue. This is the biophysical basis for an experimental surgical procedure called dynamic cardiomyoplasty, which may be a useful bridge or alternative to transplantation in some patients. Transformed skeletal muscle is also being tried for aortic counterpulsation, and possible cellular and molecular methods of transforming muscle are being investigated.

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