Targeting diastolic dysfunction by genetic engineering of calcium handling proteins

Trends Cardiovasc Med. 2003 Feb;13(2):63-7. doi: 10.1016/s1050-1738(02)00213-x.


Diastolic heart failure (HF) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and is a growing medical problem in this country. Diastolic dysfunction is defined as an abnormality in myocardial relaxation that impairs filling during diastole and contributes to the clinical syndrome of HF. Effective clinical strategies to treat diastolic dysfunction are limited. This article focuses on the potential application of parvalbumin--a fast skeletal muscle calcium buffer--for remediation of slow relaxation in the failing heart.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diastole / physiology
  • Genetic Engineering*
  • Heart Failure / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Contraction / physiology
  • Systole / physiology
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology*