The Cardiac Lymphatic System, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1461467748
  • ISBN-13: 9781461467748
  • DDC: 612.17
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 184 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released August 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The heart is invested with a complex, intertwining network of blood and lymphatic vessels which, respectively, provide the cardiac tissue with oxygen and nutrients and eliminate excess fluid from the interstitium. The coronary blood vessels have been the focus of much investigation in the past few decades. On the other hand, the literature regarding the cardiac lymphatic vessels remains sparse, despite their important role in maintaining normal heart function. With this in mind, a better understanding of the cardiac lymphatic network and its ability to regulate fluid homeostasis within the heart could give us insight into developing therapies for the alleviation of several cardiac pathological conditions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Anatomy of the Cardiac Lymphatic System.
2: A General Outline of the Cardiac Lymphatic System.
3: Development and Patterning of the Cardiac Lymphatic Network.
4: The Cardiac Lymphatics and Heart Disease.
5: The Link Between Lymphatic Obstruction and Congenital Heart Disease.
6: The Role of Lymphatics in Atherogenesis, Myocardial Infarction, Congestive Heart Failure, and Cardiac Transplantation.
7: The Lymphatics in Normal and Pathological Heart Valves.
8: Therapeutic Applications Targeting the Cardiac Lymphatics in Heart Disease.
9: Imaging the Lymphatic System in Heart Transplantation and Its Immunological Implications.
10: Cardiac Lymphatic Signaling.
11: Tie Receptor Signaling in Cardiac Lymphangiogenesis.
12: VEGF Receptor Signaling in the Cardiac Lymphatics.
13: Hypoxia and the Cardiac Lymphatic System.
14: The Potential of the Epicardium to Act as a Source of Lymphatic Cells.