Recent experimental studies show that the restitution curve of cardiac tissue can have a negative slope. We study how the negative slope of the restitution curve can influence basic processes in excitable media, such as periodic forcing of an excitable cell, circulation of a pulse in a ring, and spiral wave rotation in two dimensions. We show that negatively sloped restitution curve can result in instabilities if the slope of the restitution curve is steeper than - 1 and report different manifestations of this instability.
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Sep 2002|