Varying temperature affects cardiac systolic and diastolic function and the left ventricular (LV) pressure–time curve (PTC) waveform that includes information about LV inotropism and lusitropism. Our proposed half-logistic (h-L) time constants obtained by fitting using h-L functions for four segmental phases (Phases I–IV) in the isovolumic LV PTC are more useful indices for estimating LV inotropism and lusitropism during contraction and relaxation periods than the mono-exponential (m-E) time constants at normal temperature. In this study, we investigated whether the superiority of the goodness of h-L fits remained even at hypothermia and hyperthermia. Phases I–IV in the isovolumic LV PTCs in eight excised, cross-circulated canine hearts at 33, 36, and 38 °C were analyzed using h-L and m-E functions and the least-squares method. The h-L and m-E time constants for Phases I–IV significantly shortened with increasing temperature. Curve fitting using h-L functions was significantly better than that using m-E functions for Phases I–IV at all temperatures. Therefore, the superiority of the goodness of h-L fit vs. m-E fit remained at all temperatures. As LV inotropic and lusitropic indices, temperature-dependent h-L time constants could be more useful than m-E time constants for Phases I–IV.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physiology (medical)