Comparative cardiac mechanics: Laplace's law

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The pumping ability of the heart is determined by mechanical and geometrical factors. These latter are governed by Laplace's Law. The extent of the applicability of this law across mammalian species is examined utilizing allometric relations and dimensional analysis. Results show that Laplace's Law plays an important role in linking the anatomical design to the functional capability of mammalian hearts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-343
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 7 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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