Congenital: Right Ventricle: Basic Science
- Right ventricular (RV) failure is a leading cause of death in patients with congenital heart disease. RV failure is kept at bay during childhood. Limited proliferation of cardiomyocytes is present in the postnatal heart. We propose that cardiomyocyte proliferation improves RV adaptation to pressure load (PL). We studied adaptation in response to increased RV PL and the role of increased cardiomyocyte cell cycle activity (CCA) in rat pups growing into adulthood.