Frank-Starling law


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Frank-Starling law

Frank-Starling mechanism A law that states that the energy liberated with each cardiac contraction is a function of the length of the muscle fibers in the ventricular wall; as preload ↑, so does end-diastolic pressure, which ↑ force of ventricular contraction; in CHF, the FSL results in marked inefficiency in cardiac pumping
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Frank-Starling law

(frănk′stăr′lĭng)
In cardiac physiology, the rule stating that cardiac output increases in proportion to the diastolic stretch of heart muscle fibers.
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