Computer simulations of three-dimensional propagation in ventricular myocardium: Effects of intramural fiber rotation and inhomogeneous conductivity on epicardial activation

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  • Three-dimensional membrane-based simulations of action potential propagation in ventricular myocardium were performed. Specifically, the effects of the intramural rotation of the fiber axes and inhomogeneous conductivity on the timing and pattern of epicardial activation were examined. Models were built, with approximately 400,000 microscopic elements arranged in rectangular parallelepipeds in each model. Simulations used the nonlinear Ebihara and Johnson membrane equations for the fast sodium current. Constructed models had histological features of ventricular myocardium. All models were anisotropic. In a subset of the models, an abrupt intramural rotation of the fiber axes was included. This feature was also combined with randomly distributed inhomogeneous conductivity and regions of high transverse resistance to represent nonuniform anisotropy in a further subset of the models. Epicardial stimuli were applied for each simulation. Three- dimensional activation patterns and epicardial isochron maps were constructed from the simulations. We noted that the rotation of fiber axes accelerated epicardial activation distant from the stimulus site. The inhomogeneous conductivity caused regional acceleration and deceleration of activation spread. We also noted features of epicardial activation that resulted from the fiber rotation, and the inhomogeneous conductivity corresponded to that observed in maps from experimental animals.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 19809763
  • Author List

  • Pollard AE; Burgess MJ; Spitzer KW
  • Start Page

  • 744
  • End Page

  • 756
  • Volume

  • 72
  • Issue

  • 4