December 9th, 2009

Beating Heart Differs by Gender, Age: Study

By Kelley Luckstein

The human heart twists and turns as it beats, and a German study shows how the twisting and turning differs between men and women, and young and old. In the study, published in the Dec. 8 online edition of Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, researchers at University Hospital Freiburg describe the different heartbeats they saw in 29 men and 29 women, all healthy, using an advanced imaging technology called MRI tissue phase mapping…

 

"The left ventricle doesn't just shorten or get narrower," said Dr. Thomas C. Gerber, associate professor of medicine and radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. "It really twists like a dishrag, a very effective way of getting the blood out."

 

HealthDay by Ed Edelson, 12/8/09

 

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Tags: Cardiology, MRI tissue phase mapping, Radiology

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