Date of Award

Summer 1998

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Engineering


This investigation was undertaken to investigate whether it is possible to "predict" if myocardium subjected to ischemic episodes would recover contractility over a short period of time by measuring the ischemic induced mechanical changes to the myocardium. Because post-ischemic, reperfused "stunned" myocardium is commonly detected in humans with coronary artery disease, this study could have implications regarding the treatment of those patients. Additionally, this study was undertaken to develop a working model of stunned myocardium in order to better understand the mechanical changes that occur during ischemia.



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