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The Cardiovascular Physiology and Surgery Core

Overview of Services

The Cardiovascular Physiology and Surgery Core is available to provide the Johns Hopkins community and beyond three types of cardiovascular procedures on small animals, including, but not limited to, mouse and rat: echocardiography, survival surgery, and hemodynamics. Other procedures may be possible after discussion with the core surgeons. Within each of these three areas, there are several different specific techniques and procedures that will be offered. Echocardiograpy: Functional assessment of the heart and major blood vessels is provided by this service. Images are generated using one of two systems -- an Accuson Sequioa echo-Doppler system or a state-of-the-art Visual-Sonics 2100 imaging system. The first is useful for routine M-mode and 2-D imaging, and for flow Doppler assessments. The latter provides higher resolution imaging and also has tissue Doppler capabilities, including speckle tracking for regional strain analysis. Functional imaging is also available to assess aortic diameter and wall thickening, flow in the aorta to assess vascular stiffening (pulse wave velocity, velocity time integral used to determine cardiac output, etc.). Survival Surgery: We provide a variety of surgically generated heart disease models for use in mice or rats. This includes aortic or pulmonary artery banding for pressure-overload, myocardial infarction or ischemic reperfusion models of the left ventricle, and osmotic pump implantation for delivery of pharmaceuticals. Pressure-Volume Loops: Analysis of right or left heart function is possible by inserting a miniature pressure-volume catheter into the relevant ventricle to measure in situ cardiac function using pressure-volume relationships. This is used to assess ventricular pressures, systolic and diastolic function, relaxation rates, filling rates, load-independent contractility paramenters, disatolic compliance, and other indexes. These studies are not designed to be survival surgeries. Chronic Electrocardiographic Telemetry: Electrocardiographic recordings from implantable transmitters for multiple days, if needed, are available via this service.


David Kass, Professor Program Chairman

Guangshuo Zhu, Lab Manager/Co-Director

Djahida Bedja, Research Specialist/Co-Director

Michelle "Missy" Leppo

Location and hours of operation


Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm 

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm

720 Rutland Avenue. Baltimore, MD 21205
Room: Ross 850

720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205
Room: Ross 850

720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205
Room: Ross 812

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