Membrane Resting and Action Potentials of Single Cardiac Muscle Fibers
An initial report is made on the electrocardiogram of a single heart muscle cell in vivo. The potential variations obtained by electrodes placed on opposite sides of the membrane of a heart muscle fibre are 50 to 100 times as large as those recorded by standard limb leads. The observations support the assumption that during activation the cell interior becomes positive with respect to its surrounding (depolarization, followed by polarization reversal). Induced alterations in shape and form of the action current of a single heart muscle fiber should provide further insight into the nature of the normal and abnormal electrocardiogram.
- © 1950 American Heart Association, Inc.