Cardiac Remodeling: Mechanism and Treatment
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Barry Greenberg, MD, ed
569 pages. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis; 2006. $199.95. ISBN 0-8247-2387-2.
The appreciation that the myocardium changes shape and structure in response to disease has been appreciated for more than a century. The German anatomists including Krehl, Romberg, Aschoff, and Tawara debated the morphological changes occurring in the heart related to function at the end of the last century. The seminal work of Linzbach1 described the changes in myocyte size in response to aging and to hypertension, valvular heart disease, and heart failure. Because the cardiomyocyte is considered to be “terminally differentiated,” it must respond to disease by adapting to change by modifying its molecular and …