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Phase resetting in a model of cardiac Purkinje fiber.

By M R Guevara and A Shrier


The phase-resetting response of a model of spontaneously active cardiac Purkinje fiber is investigated. The effect on the interbeat interval of injecting a 20-ms duration depolarizing current pulse is studied as a function of the phase in the cycle at which the pulse is delivered. At low current amplitudes, a triphasic response is recorded as the pulse is advanced through the cycle. At intermediate current amplitudes, the response becomes quinquephasic, due to the presence of supernormal excitability. At high current amplitudes, a triphasic response is seen once more. At low stimulus amplitudes, type 1 phase resetting occurs; at medium amplitudes, a type could not be ascribed to the phase resetting because of the presence of effectively all-or-none depolarization; at high amplitudes, type 0 phase resetting occurs. The modeling results closely correspond with published experimental data; in particular type 1 and type 0 phase resetting are seen. Implications for the induction of ventricular arrhythmias are considered

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