Patients with muscular dystrophy have abnormal cardiac function and decreased high-energy phosphate metabolism. Here, we have determined whether the 8 month old mdx mouse, an animal model of muscular dystrophy, also has abnormal cardiac function and energetics. In vivo cardiac MRI revealed 33% and 104% larger right ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes, respectively, and 17% lower right ventricular ejection fractions in mdx mice compared with controls. Evidence of left ventricula...Expand abstract
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Abnormal cardiac morphology, function and energy metabolism in the dystrophic mdx mouse: an MRI and MRS study.
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