law of the heart


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law of the heart

the energy liberated by the heart when it contracts is a function of the length of its muscle fibers at the end of diastole.
Synonym(s): Starling law
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law of the heart

(law hahrt)
The energy liberated by the heart when it contracts is a function of the length of its muscle fibers at the end of diastole.
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law of the heart

Other things being equal, the stroke volume of the heart varies as the extent of diastolic filling, that is, the energy of contraction is a function of the initial length of the muscle fibers.
See also: law
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Starling,

Ernest Henry, English physiologist, 1866-1927.
Frank-Starling curve - Synonym(s): Starling curve
Starling curve - a graph in which cardiac output or stroke volume is plotted against mean atrial or ventricular end-diastolic pressure. Synonym(s): Frank-Starling curve
Starling equilibrium
Starling hypothesis
Starling law of the heart - the energy liberated by the heart when it contracts is a function of the length of its muscle fibers at the end of diastole. Synonym(s): law of the heart
Starling law of the intestine - food causes a band of constriction proximally and relaxation distally, resulting in a peristaltic wave.
Starling reflex - tapping the volar surfaces of the fingers causes flexion.
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