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Cardiac torsion and electromagnetic fields: the cardiac bioinformation hypothesis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15823696     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although in physiology the heart is often referred to as a simple piston pump, there are in fact two additional features that are integral to cardiac physiology and function. First, the heart as it contracts in systole, also rotates and produces torsion due to the structure of the myocardium. Second, the heart produces a significant electromagnetic field with each contraction due to the coordinated depolarization of myocytes producing a current flow. Unlike the electrocardiogram, the magnetic field is not limited to volume conduction and extends outside the body. The therapeutic potential for interaction of this cardioelectromagnetic field both within and outside the body is largely unexplored. It is our hypothesis that the heart functions as a generator of bioinformation that is central to normative functioning of body. The source of this bioinformation is based on: (1) vortex blood flow in the left ventricle; (2) a cardiac electromagnetic field and both; (3) heart sounds; and (4) pulse pressure which produce frequency and amplitude information. Thus, there is a multidimensional role for the heart in physiology and biopsychosocial dynamics. Recognition of these cardiac properties may result in significant implications for new therapies for cardiovascular disease based on increasing cardiac energy efficiency (coherence) and bioinformation from the cardioelectromagnetic field. Research studies to test this hypothesis are suggested.
Katharine O Burleson; Gary E Schwartz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0306-9877     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-12     Completed Date:  2005-09-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1109-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210068, Tucson, AZ 85721-0068, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology,  therapy
Electromagnetic Fields*
Heart / physiology*
Heart Function Tests / instrumentation
Heart Sounds
Information Theory*
Magnetics / diagnostic use
Models, Cardiovascular*
Myocardial Contraction / physiology*
Pulsatile Flow
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