The Isolated Heart Laboratory is a software simulation that will enable you to explore how the ventricle of the human heart performs as a blood pump and to characterize changes that alter its performance. Your research with IHL should be aimed at understanding the heart in the vertebrate cardiovascular system. Among the variety of questions that you can explore with the tools in the Isolated Heart Laboratory, consider the following:
Associated with each IHL experiment is an Experiment Summary window, shown below. Using the tools in this window you will set up the experiment parameters, runone or more experiment trials, and display the results. Once your experiment has been run, you can use the window’s tools to look at your data in different ways, take notes on your experiment, and export your notes or your data to other programs for further analysis.
IHL comes with several predefined problems designed to present a different aspect of cardiovascular physiology or to illustrate a particular problem. In addition it is possible to customize a problem to meet your specific needs. Using the problem editing utility you can change the characteristics of the model input parameters to simulate a particular model of the heart, create simple or complex problems by hiding/showing parameters, and customize the appearance of the data table and the Summary window.
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The Cardiac Dynamics Introduction HyperCard stacks, found in the Extended Learning Resources folder, can be used as an introduction to some of the principles of cardiac dynamics that you can then explore more fully using IHL.