Temperature and flow rate limit the optimal ex-vivo perfusion of the heart – an experimental study

Ex-vivo heart perfusion can be utilized to study a variety of physiologic and molecular pathways in a controlled system outside of the body. It can also be used in clinical settings such as for organ preservation before transplantation. Myocardial oxygen consumption (MVO2) correlates with energy production in the myocardium and can also be used to determine the balance between the oxygen supply…