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  1. Transcatheter valve implantation for calcific mitral valve disease.

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    Webb, John G; Dvir, Danny

    2016-02-15

    Transcatheter treatment of calcific mitral valve disease with commercially available balloon-expandable valves is feasible Current clinical outcomes are suboptimal, consequently this should be considered only in severely symptomatic patients without other options Purpose-specific mitral valves may allow for this therapy to achieve its full potential. PMID:26919347

  2. Modified Surgical Intervention for Extensive Mitral Valve Endocarditis and Posterior Mitral Annular Calcification

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    Kim, Gwan Sic; Beom, Min Sun; Kim, Sung Ryong; Kim, Na Rae; Jang, Ji Wook; Jang, Mi Hee; Ryu, Sang Wan

    2016-01-01

    The concomitant presence of posterior mitral annular calcification and infectious mitral valve lesions poses a technical challenge with considerable perioperative risk when using previously proposed techniques for mitral valve surgery. Herein, we report a case of the use of a modified surgical technique to successfully treat a patient with mitral infective endocarditis complicated by a subendocardial abscess and extensive posterior mitral annular calcification. PMID:26889447

  3. Sapien XT Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Under Direct Vision in the Setting of Significant Mitral Annular Calcification.

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    Murashita, Takashi; Suri, Rakesh M; Daly, Richard C

    2016-03-01

    Mitral valve replacement carries a high risk in patients with extensive mitral annular calcification. We report the case of a 71-year-old woman with severely calcified mitral valve stenosis and extensive annular calcification. We approached the mitral valve through a left atriotomy using cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac arrest. We successfully deployed a 29-mm Sapien XT valve under direct visualization with satisfactory positioning. We further balloon-expanded the device to diminish the likelihood of periprosthetic regurgitation. Open mitral valve replacement with a transcatheter valve can be performed without the need for decalcification of the mitral annulus and is a good alternative to conventional mitral valve replacement. PMID:26897200

  4. Balloon expandable transcatheter heart valves for native mitral valve disease with severe mitral annular calcification.

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    Guerrero, Mayra; Urena, Marina; Pursnani, Amit; Wang, Dee D; Vahanian, Alec; O'Neill, William; Feldman, Ted; Himbert, Dominique

    2016-06-01

    Patients with mitral annular calcification (MAC) have high surgical risk for mitral valve replacement due to associated comorbidities and technical challenges related to calcium burden, precluding surgery in many patients. Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) with the compassionate use of balloon expandable aortic transcatheter heart valves has been used in this clinical scenario. The purpose of this review was to summarize the early experience including successes and failures reported. TMVR might evolve into an acceptable alternative for selected patients with severe MAC who are not candidates for conventional mitral valve surgery. However, this field is at a very early stage and the progress will be significantly slower than the development of transcatheter aortic valve replacement due to the complexity of the mitral valve anatomy and its pathology. Optimizing patient selection process by using multimodality imaging tools to accurately measure the mitral valve annulus and evaluate the risk of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction is essential to minimize complications. Strategies for treating and preventing left ventricular outflow tract obstruction are being tested. Similarly, carefully selecting candidates avoiding patients at the end of their disease process, might improve the overall outcomes. PMID:27094423

  5. Enucleation of calcium core and in-situ valve replacement for massive posterior mitral annular calcification.

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    Nomura, Anan; Fukuda, Ikuo; Daitoku, Kazuyuki; Fukui, Kozo

    2011-04-01

    A 67-year-old female was admitted to our hospital for surgical treatment of the aortic and mitral valvular disease. She had chronic renal failure and dialysis was started 13 years previously. A diagnosis of severe aortic stenosis and regurgitation with severe mitral stenosis was made, and she underwent aortic valve and mitral valve replacement. Because mitral annular calcification had deeply invaded into the subvalvular region, enucleation of calcified core was performed using the ultrasonic aspiration system. The posterior mitral annulus was reconstructed using equine pericardium and aortic and mitral valve replacement was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful. PMID:21248082

  6. Impact of mitral annular calcification on early and late outcomes following mitral valve repair of myxomatous degeneration†

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    Chan, Vincent; Ruel, Marc; Hynes, Mark; Chaudry, Sophia; Mesana, Thierry G.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES Mitral annular calcification is associated with significant morbidity and mortality at the time of mitral valve surgery. However, few data are available describing the impact of mitral annular calcification on early and late outcomes following mitral valve repair in the current era. METHODS Between 2001 and 2011, 625 patients were referred for mitral valve repair of severe mitral regurgitation due to myxomatous degeneration. The mean patient age was 63.9 ± 12.7 years and 164 (26%) were female. Concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting was performed in 91 (15%) and 24 (4%) had previous cardiac surgery. Calcification of the mitral annulus was observed in 119 patients (19%), of whom complete debridement and extensive annulus reconstruction were performed in 14. The mean follow-up was for 2.4 ± 2.3 years. RESULTS There were no deaths within 30 days of surgery. Risk factors associated with mitral annular calcification included older age (odds ratio 1.05 ± 0.02 per increasing year), female gender (odds ratio 1.88 ± 0.42) and larger preoperative left atrial size (odds ratio 1.04 ± 0.03 per increasing mm) (all P<0.01). Severe renal impairment defined as a creatinine clearance <30 mL/min was observed in 9 patients, all of whom had mitral annular calcification. Intraoperative conversion to mitral valve replacement was performed in 19 patients (97% repair rate), 5 of whom had mitral annular calcification. Extension of mitral annular calcification into one or more leaflet scallops was observed for all patients who required conversion to valve replacement. Five-year survival, freedom from recurrent mitral regurgitation ≥2+ and freedom from recurrent mitral regurgitation ≥3+ was 88.1 ± 2.4, 89.6 ± 2.3 and 97.8 ± 0.8%, respectively. Mitral annular calcification was not associated with survival or recurrent mitral regurgitation. CONCLUSIONS Risk factors for mitral annular calcification in patients with myxomatous degeneration and severe mitral regurgitation include older age, female gender, severe renal dysfunction and larger preoperative left atrial size. Nevertheless, favourable early and late results can be achieved with mitral valve repair in this population. PMID:23587525

  7. Differences in associated factors between aortic and mitral valve calcification in hemodialysis.

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    Ikee, Ryota; Honda, Kenjiro; Ishioka, Kunihiro; Oka, Machiko; Maesato, Kyoko; Moriya, Hidekazu; Hidaka, Sumi; Ohtake, Takayasu; Kobayashi, Shuzo

    2010-06-01

    Increased prevalence of aortic and mitral valve calcification has been reported in patients on hemodialysis, but it remains unknown whether aortic and mitral valve calcification arise from similar pathogenesis. We detected heart valve calcification using two-dimensional echocardiography, and we related valve calcification to various clinical parameters in patients treated with hemodialysis three times a week for more than 1 year. In 112 patients (77 men and 35 women, age 67+/-10 years, duration on hemodialysis 95+/-67 months), aortic and mitral valve calcification were observed in 84 (75.0%) and 58 (51.7%) patients, respectively. Aortic valve calcification was associated with increased age, higher serum calcium, lower serum albumin, lower total cholesterol and higher high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Multivariate analysis showed that increased age and higher serum calcium were independently associated with aortic valve calcification. Conversely, mitral valve calcification was associated with increased age, higher high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and higher serum beta(2)-microglobulin, but not with higher serum calcium. In multivariate analysis, increased age and higher serum beta(2)-microglobulin were independently associated with mitral valve calcification. Serum beta(2)-microglobulin was associated with longer duration on hemodialysis, malnutrition inflammation (lower serum albumin and higher high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) and dyslipidemia. Considering the results in previous studies showing that the distribution of beta(2)-microglobulin amyloid deposition was consistent with that of tissue calcification in patients on hemodialysis, beta(2)-microglobulin may have pathogenic roles in valve calcification. PMID:20379193

  8. Using a double-plicated posterior leaflet as an anchor for mitral valve replacement: a case of mitral annular calcification.

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    Taguchi, Shinichi; Niibori, Tatsuru; Hayashi, Ichiro; Kasahara, Hirofumi; Yozu, Ryohei

    2013-01-01

    We present a 62-year-old man with mitral regurgitation whose posterior annulus had severe calcification. Mitral valve replacement was performed by anchoring the cuff on a double-plicated posterior leaflet, and reinforcing with an equine pericardium. The patient is doing well 13 years after surgery with echocardiography showing no problems. PMID:23547886

  9. Valve Replacement with a Sutureless Aortic Prosthesis in a Patient with Concomitant Mitral Valve Disease and Severe Aortic Root Calcification

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    Scafuri, Antonio; Nicolò, Francesca; Chiariello, Luigi

    2016-01-01

    Aortic valve replacement with concomitant mitral valve surgery in the presence of severe aortic root calcification is technically difficult, with long cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic cross-clamp times. We performed sutureless aortic valve replacement and mitral valve annuloplasty in a 68-year-old man who had severe aortic stenosis and moderate-to-severe mitral regurgitation. Intraoperatively, we found severe calcification of the aortic root. We approached the aortic valve through a transverse aortotomy, performed in a higher position than usual, and we replaced the valve with a Sorin Perceval S sutureless prosthesis. In addition, we performed mitral annuloplasty with use of an open rigid ring. The aortic cross-clamp time was 63 minutes, and the cardiopulmonary bypass time was 83 minutes. No paravalvular leakage of the aortic prosthesis was detected 30 days postoperatively. Our case shows that the Perceval S sutureless bioprosthesis can be safely implanted in patients with aortic root calcification, even when mitral valve disease needs surgical correction. PMID:27127442

  10. Mitral annular calcification in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement for aortic valve stenosis.

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    Takami, Yoshiyuki; Tajima, Kazuyoshi

    2016-02-01

    Limited data exis t on clinical relevance of aortic valve stenosis (AVS) and mitral annular calcification (MAC), although with similar pathophysiologic basis. We sought to reveal the prevalence of MAC and its clinical features in the patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) for AVS. We reviewed 106 consecutive patients who underwent isolated AVR from 2004 to 2010. Before AVR, CT scans were performed to identify MAC, whose severity was graded on a scale of 0-4, with grade 0 denoting no MAC and grade 4 indicating severe MAC. Echocardiography was performed before AVR and at follow-up over 2years after AVR. MAC was identified in 56 patients with grade 1 (30%), 2 (39%), 3 (18%), and 4 (13%), respectively. Patients with MAC presented older age (728 versus 6611years), higher rate of dialysis-dependent renal failure (43 versus 4%), and less frequency of bicuspid aortic valve (9 versus 36%), when compared to those without MAC. No significant differences were seen in short- and mid-term mortality after AVR between the groups. In patients with MAC, progression of neither mitral regurgitation nor stenosis was observed at follow-up of 5323months for 102 survivors, although the transmitral flow velocities were higher than in those without MAC. In conclusion, MAC represented 53% of the patients undergoing isolated AVR for AVS, usually appeared in dialysis-dependent elder patients with tricuspid AVS. MAC does not affect adversely upon the survival, without progression of mitral valve disease, at least within 2years after AVR. PMID:25252778

  11. Native Mitral Stenosis Treated With Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement.

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    Jain, Renuka; Algahim, Mohamed F; Bajwa, Tanvir K; Khandheria, Bijoy K; O'Hair, Daniel P

    2016-03-01

    Surgical treatment of mitral stenosis with extreme calcification remains a challenge. Recently, the balloon-expandable valve prosthesis, anchored by radial force, offers a new option for these patients. We present 2 cases of transcatheter mitral valve replacement in patients with severe native mitral valve stenosis and annular calcification deemed too extensive for conventional surgical techniques. PMID:26897235

  12. Mitral Valve Prolapse

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  13. Mitral Valve Disease

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    ... menu Adult Heart Disease Diseases of the arteries, valves, and aorta, as well as cardiac rhythm disturbances ... Disease Mitral Valve Disease Tricuspid Valve Disease Mitral Valve Disease Overview The mitral valve is one of ...

  14. Mitral valve prolapse

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    Mitral valve prolapse is a heart problem involving the mitral valve, which separates the upper and lower chambers of ... from moving backwards when the heart beats (contracts). Mitral valve prolapse is the term used when the valve does ...

  15. Mitral Valve Stenosis Progression Due to Severe Calcification on Glutaraldehyde-Treated Autologous Pericardium: Word of Caution for an Attractive Repair Technique.

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    Fukunaga, Naoto; Matsuo, Takehiko; Saji, Yoshiaki; Imai, Yukihiro; Koyama, Tadaaki

    2015-06-01

    A 42-year-old woman presented with a 6-month history of palpitations and progressive dyspnea on exertion. She had undergone aortic and mitral valve repair using glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium for active infective endocarditis 5 years prior. Transthoracic echocardiography showed mitral valve stenosis with limited movement of the anterior leaflet. At redo surgery, severe calcification of the glutaraldehyde-treated pericardial patch on the anterior mitral leaflet was observed. Double valve replacement was performed with pulmonary vein isolation. Pathologic examination showed calcification of the glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 11 with oral anticoagulant therapy. PMID:26046878

  16. Low Magnesium Levels and FGF-23 Dysregulation Predict Mitral Valve Calcification as well as Intima Media Thickness in Predialysis Diabetic Patients

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    Jerónimo, Teresa; Fragoso, André; Silva, Claudia; Guilherme, Patrícia; Santos, Nélio; Faísca, Marília; Neves, Pedro

    2015-01-01

    Background. Mitral valve calcification and intima media thickness (IMT) are common complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD) implicated with high cardiovascular mortality. Objective. To investigate the implication of magnesium and fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) levels with mitral valve calcification and IMT in CKD diabetic patients. Methods. Observational, prospective study involving 150 diabetic patients with mild to moderate CKD, divided according to Wilkins Score. Carotid-echodoppler and transthoracic echocardiography were used to assess calcification. Statistical tests used to establish comparisons between groups, to identify risk factors, and to establish cut-off points for prediction of mitral valve calcification. Results. FGF-23 values continually increased with higher values for both IMT and calcification whereas the opposite trend was observed for magnesium. FGF-23 and magnesium were found to independently predict mitral valve calcification and IMT (P < 0.05). Using Kaplan-Meier analysis, the number of deaths was higher in patients with lower magnesium levels and poorer Wilkins score. The mean cut-off value for FGF-23 was 117 RU/mL and for magnesium 1.7 mg/dL. Conclusions. Hypomagnesemia and high FGF-23 levels are independent predictors of mitral valve calcification and IMT and are risk factors for cardiovascular mortality in this population. They might be used as diagnostic/therapeutic targets in order to better manage the high cardiovascular risk in CKD patients. PMID:26089881

  17. Mitral Valve Prolapse

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  18. Mitral Valve Prolapse

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  19. Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus

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    Al-Hassan, Donya; Nguyen, Giang; Raju, Rekha; Wheeler, Miriam; Thompson, Chris; Hague, Cameron; Leipsic, Jonathon

    2013-01-01

    A 61-year-old asymptomatic woman was referred for echocardiography to evaluate recently detected systolic murmur. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed an echodense obstructive mass in the left ventricular outflow tract of unclear origin. Subsequent transesophageal echo suggested an intracardiac calcified tumor and recommended surgical excision. Contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography (CT) confirmed a well-defined lobulated mass adherent to the anterior mitral valve leaflet, the non-enhanced scout view revealed marked hyper-attenuation confirming diffuse calcification. Caseous calcification was diagnosed and surgery was deferred. Caseous calcification is typically benign and most commonly involves the posterior mitral annulus. Our patient displayed an atypical location of exuberant mitral annular calcification. PMID:24282757

  20. Mitral Valve Prolapse

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    Rosser, Walter W.

    1992-01-01

    The author discusses the pathophysiology of mitral valve prolapse and provides guidelines to identify and treat low-to high-risk mitral valve prolapse. An approach to diagnosing bacterial endocarditis and its prophylaxis are also discussed. The author reviews mitral valve prolapse syndrome and the risk of sudden death.

  1. The effects of decellularization and cross-linking techniques on the fatigue life and calcification of mitral valve chordae tendineae.

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    Gunning, Gillian M; Murphy, Bruce P

    2016-04-01

    In cases of severely diseased mitral valves (MV), the required treatment is often valve replacement. Bioprosthetic and stentless replacement valves are usually either fully or partially composed of animal derived tissue treated with a decellularization process, a cross-linking process, or both. In this study, we analysed the effects of these treatments on the fatigue properties of porcine MV chordae tendineae (CT), as well as on the calcification of the CT using an in vitro technique. CT were tested in 4 groups; (1) native, (2) decellularized (DC), (3) decellularized and cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (DC-GTH), and (4) decellularized and cross-linked with 1-ehtyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC)(DC-EDC). CT were tested in both uniaxial tension, and in fatigue at 10MPa peak stress (1Hz). The cycles to failure (mean±SD) for the four groups are as follows; Native- 53,397±55,798, DC- 28,013±30,634, DC-GTH- 97,665±133,556, DC-EDC- 318,601±322,358. DC-EDC CT were found to have a slightly longer fatigue life than the native and DC groups. The DC-EDC group also had a marginally lower dynamic creep rate, meaning those CT elongate more slowly. After in vitro calcification, X-ray microtomography was used to determine relative levels of calcification. The DC-EDC and DC-GTH groups had the lowest volume of calcific deposits. Under uniaxial testing, the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the DC-GTH CT was statistically significantly reduced after calcification, while the UTS was relatively unchanged for the DC-EDC group. Overall, these results indicate that a treatment of decellularization plus cross-linking with EDC may improve the fatigue life of porcine CT, reduce the rate of elongation, and help the CT resist the negative effects of calcification. This may be a preferable treatment in the preparation of porcine MVs for the replacement of diseased MVs. PMID:26875146

  2. [Modern mitral valve surgery].

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    Bothe, W; Beyersdorf, F

    2016-04-01

    At the beginning of the 20th century, Cutler and Levine performed the first successful surgical treatment of a stenotic mitral valve, which was the only treatable heart valve defect at that time. Mitral valve surgery has evolved significantly since then. The introduction of the heart-lung machine in 1954 not only reduced the surgical risk, but also allowed the treatment of different mitral valve pathologies. Nowadays, mitral valve insufficiency has become the most common underlying pathomechanism of mitral valve disease and can be classified into primary and secondary mitral insufficiency. Primary mitral valve insufficiency is mainly caused by alterations of the valve (leaflets and primary order chords) itself, whereas left ventricular dilatation leading to papillary muscle displacement and leaflet tethering via second order chords is the main underlying pathomechanism for secondary mitral valve regurgitation. Valve reconstruction using the "loop technique" plus annuloplasty is the surgical strategy of choice and normalizes life expectancy in patients with primary mitral regurgitation. In patients with secondary mitral regurgitation, implanting an annuloplasty is not superior to valve replacement and results in high rates of valve re-insufficiency (up to 30 % after 3 months) due to ongoing ventricular dilatation. In order to improve repair results in these patients, we add a novel subvalvular technique (ring-noose-string) to the annuloplasty that aims to prevent ongoing ventricular remodeling and re-insufficiency. In modern mitral surgery, a right lateral thoracotomy is the approach of choice with excellent repair and cosmetic results. PMID:26907868

  3. Mitral valve surgery - open

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    ... place. There are two types of mitral valves: Mechanical, made of man-made (synthetic) materials, such as ... Mechanical heart valves do not fail often. They last from 12 to 20 years. However, blood clots ...

  4. Mitral Valve Prolapse

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    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) occurs when one of your heart's valves doesn't work properly. The flaps of the valve are "floppy" and don't close tightly. Most ... can leak the wrong way through the floppy valve. This can cause Palpitations (feelings that your heart ...

  5. Mitral Valve Prolapse.

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    Bergy, Gordon G.

    1980-01-01

    Mitral valve prolapse is the most common heart disease seen in college and university health services. It underlies most arrhythmia and many chest complaints. Activity and exercise restrictions are usually unnecessary. (Author/CJ)

  6. Mitral valve repair for traumatic mitral regurgitation.

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    Fujii, Taro; Kogure, Shuhei; Muro, Takashi; Okada, Yukikatsu

    2016-06-01

    Mitral valve injury after blunt chest trauma is a rare clinical condition. We describe a case of mitral valve repair for severe mitral regurgitation due to blunt chest trauma 5 years previously. A 22-year-old man was referred to our hospital for surgical correction of severe mitral regurgitation. Echocardiography demonstrated a partial tear of the anterolateral papillary muscle which lacerated to the apex. The entire anterolateral part of the mitral valve including the anterior commissure and posterior leaflets had prolapsed. Reimplantation of the papillary muscle to the posterior left ventricular wall and ring annuloplasty were successfully performed without residual regurgitation. PMID:25737589

  7. Mitral valve prolapse.

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    Guy, T Sloane; Hill, Arthur C

    2012-01-01

    Mitral valve prolapse is defined as abnormal bulging of the mitral valve leaflets into the left atrium during ventricular systole. Mitral valve prolapse is a common condition that is a risk factor for mitral regurgitation, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and endocarditis. Myxomatous degeneration is the most common cause of mitral prolapse in the United States and Europe, and progression of myxomatous mitral prolapse is the most common cause of mitral regurgitation that requires surgical treatment. Myxomatous degeneration appears to have genetic etiology. The genetics of myxomatous degeneration is complex and not fully worked out; it appears to be heterogeneous with multi-gene, multi-chromosomal autosomal dominance with incomplete penetrance. The molecular disorder of myxomatous degeneration appears to consist of a connective tissue disorder with altered extracellular matrix status and involves the action of matrix metalloproteinase, cysteine endoproteases, and tenomodulin. Treatment of mitral prolapse with regurgitation is complex, and the technological advances that are currently in development will be challenging and controversial. PMID:22248324

  8. Mitral valve repair versus replacement

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    Keshavamurthy, Suresh; Gillinov, A. Marc

    2015-01-01

    Degenerative, ischemic, rheumatic and infectious (endocarditis) processes are responsible for mitral valve disease in adults. Mitral valve repair has been widely regarded as the optimal surgical procedure to treat mitral valve dysfunction of all etiologies. The supporting evidence for repair over replacement is strongest in degenerative mitral regurgitation. The aim of the present review is to summarize the data in each category of mitral insufficiency and to provide recommendations based upon this data. PMID:26309824

  9. How Is Mitral Valve Prolapse Treated?

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  10. Mitral valve repair for ischemic mitral regurgitation

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    Mohebali, Jahan

    2015-01-01

    Mitral valve repair for ischemic mitral valve regurgitation remains controversial. In moderate mitral regurgitation (MR), controversy exists whether revascularization alone will be adequate to restore native valve geometry or whether intervention on the valve (repair) should be performed concomitantly. When MR is severe, the need for valve intervention is not disputed. Rather, the controversy is whether repair versus replacement should be undertaken. In contrast to degenerative or myxomatous disease that directly affects leaflet integrity and morphology, ischemic FMR results from a distortion and dilation of native ventricular geometry that normally supports normal leaflet coaptation. To address this, the first and most crucial step in successful valve repair is placement of an undersized, complete remodeling annuloplasty ring to restore the annulus to its native geometry. The following article outlines the steps for repair of ischemic mitral regurgitation. PMID:26309832

  11. Aortic or Mitral Valve Replacement With the Biocor and Biocor Supra

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    2016-03-09

    Aortic Valve Insufficiency; Aortic Valve Regurgitation; Aortic Valve Stenosis; Aortic Valve Incompetence; Mitral Valve Insufficiency; Mitral Valve Regurgitation; Mitral Valve Stenosis; Mitral Valve Incompetence

  12. Mitral Valve Replacement with Half-and-Half Technique for Recurrent Mitral Paravalvular Leakage.

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    Morisaki, Akimasa; Kato, Yasuyuki; Takahashi, Yosuke; Shibata, Toshihiko

    2015-05-01

    Reoperation for paravalvular leakage can cause recurrent paravalvular leakage through severe damage to the mitral annulus. Previously, mitral valve replacement using a half-and-half technique for extensive mitral annular calcification was reported; here, application of the technique to treat recurrent paravalvular leakage is described. A 78-year-old male with three prior mitral valve replacements developed recurrent paravalvular leakage, for which he had undergone his third mitral valve replacement at the age of 69 years. On this occasion, a mechanical valve with circumferential equine pericardial patch reinforcement of the annulus had been used. Five years later, the patient developed hemolytic anemia and congestive heart failure due to recurrent paravalvular leakage. Intraoperatively, broad dehiscence was seen between the prosthetic valve and mitral annulus at two sites, the anterior and posterior commissures, without infection. A fourth mitral valve replacement was performed with a St. Jude Medical valve, using a half-and-half technique. This entailed the use of non-everting mattress sutures on the anterior half of the annulus, and everting mattress sutures on the left atrial wall around the posterior half of the annulus. Extensive annular defects required reinforcement of the posterior mitral annulus with a bovine pericardial patch. Postoperative echocardiography showed no paravalvular leakage. The half-and-half technique may be useful in treating recurrent paravalvular leakage of the mitral valve. PMID:26901904

  13. Liquefaction necrosis of mitral annulus calcification.

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    Mallisho, Maram; Hwang, Inyong; Alsafwah, Shadwan F

    2014-01-01

    Liquefaction necrosis of the mitral annulus is a rare form of peri-annular calcification that the cardiologist must be able to differentiate from other cardiac masses. It classically looks like a round or semilunar hyperdense mass with a denser peripheral rim, located mainly in the posterior mitral annulus. The case we report here was diagnosed in a 78-year-old female patient who presented with an embolic cerebral vascular accident, which raises the question of its etiopathogenic responsibility. PMID:24420234

  14. How Is Mitral Valve Prolapse Diagnosed?

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    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Mitral Valve Prolapse Diagnosed? Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) most often is detected during a ... listen to your heart with a stethoscope. Stretched valve flaps can make a clicking sound as they ...

  15. Mitral Valve Prolapse (For Parents)

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  16. Mechanics of the mitral valve

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    Rausch, Manuel K.; Famaey, Nele; Shultz, Tyler O’Brien; Bothe, Wolfgang; Miller, D. Craig

    2013-01-01

    Alterations in mitral valve mechanics are classical indicators of valvular heart disease, such as mitral valve prolapse, mitral regurgitation, and mitral stenosis. Computational modeling is a powerful technique to quantify these alterations, to explore mitral valve physiology and pathology, and to classify the impact of novel treatment strategies. The selection of the appropriate constitutive model and the choice of its material parameters are paramount to the success of these models. However, the in vivo parameters values for these models are unknown. Here we identify the in vivo material parameters for three common hyperelastic models for mitral valve tissue, an isotropic one and two anisotropic ones, using an inverse finite element approach. We demonstrate that the two anisotropic models provide an excellent fit to the in vivo data, with local displacement errors in the sub-millimeter range. In a complementary sensitivity analysis, we show that the identified parameter values are highly sensitive to prestrain, with some parameters varying up to four orders of magnitude. For the coupled anisotropic model, the stiffness varied from 119,021kPa at 0% prestrain via 36kPa at 30% prestrain to 9kPa at 60% prestrain. These results may, at least in part, explain the discrepancy between previously reported ex vivo and in vivo measurements of mitral leaflet stiffness. We believe that our study provides valuable guidelines for modeling mitral valve mechanics, selecting appropriate constitutive models, and choosing physiologically meaningful parameter values. Future studies will be necessary to experimentally and computationally investigate prestrain, to verify its existence, to quantify its magnitude, and to clarify its role in mitral valve mechanics. PMID:23263365

  17. Mitral valve replacement with ball valve prostheses

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    Starr, Albert

    1971-01-01

    Our experience with ball valve replacement of the mitral valve during the past decade is presented in terms that allow comparison with other techniques. The use of such prostheses is characterized by ease of implantation, with an overall operative mortality of 11 per cent for isolated mitral replacement and 13 per cent for multiple valve replacement. The operative mortality for isolated mitral valve replacement during 1969 and thus far in 1970 has been nil. The late mortality was 13 per cent for isolated mitral replacement and 20 per cent for multiple valve replacement. Forty-three per cent of the total late deaths were clearly unrelated to the prosthetic device itself. The overall incidence of late infection and leak is less than 1 per cent and the immediate haemodynamic benefit is not altered by loss of structural integrity of the prosthesis. The most serious problem after mitral valve replacement with the ball valve prosthesis is that of thromboembolic complications. While thrombotic stenosis of the prosthesis is a rarity, embolic episodes, usually cerebral in type, have been noted in 63 per cent of the patients surviving mitral valve replacement with the earliest model ball valve from August 1960 to February 1966. Improvements in valve design have resulted in a remarkable decrease in this incidence as examined by actuarial techniques and taking into account the duration of follow-up. The extension of the cloth sewing margins to the orifice of the valve while maintaining a metallic orifice and metallic cage (Model 6120) resulted in a drop of the thromboembolic rate to 17 per cent from April 1965 to April 1969. The development of the totally cloth-covered prosthesis has further improved these results, with only one thromboembolic complication after isolated mitral valve replacement with the Model 6310 valve in a series of 66 consecutive patients. In clinical practice this has resulted in the avoidance of the use of anticoagulant therapy in patients in whom for a variety of reasons this carries an increased hazard. With further follow-up it may be possible to discontinue the routine use of anticoagulants. Images PMID:5572646

  18. Superior septal approach for mitral valve surgery.

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    Garcia-Villarreal, Ovidio A

    2016-02-01

    Superior septal approach is a very useful technique to address the mitral valve surgery. Since this approach virtually divides the left atrium in two parts between the ascending aorta and the superior vena cava, mitral valve exposure becomes quite easy. We present a case of mitral valve repair by means of this approach. PMID:26534911

  19. Current challenges in interventional mitral valve treatment

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    Candreva, Alessandro; Pozzoli, Alberto; Guidotti, Andrea; Gaemperli, Oliver; Nietlispach, Fabian; Barthelmes, Jens; Emmert, Maximilian Y.; Weber, Alberto; Benussi, Stefano; Alfieri, Ottavio; Maisano, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Transcatheter mitral valve therapies have emerged as an alternative option in high surgical risk or inoperable patients with severe and symptomatic mitral regurgitation (MR). As multiple technologies and different approaches will become available in the field of mitral valve interventions, different challenges are emerging, both patient- (clinical challenges) and procedure-related (technical challenges). This review will briefly explore the current open challenges in the evolving fields of interventional mitral valve treatment. PMID:26543599

  20. Mitral valve disease--current management and future challenges.

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    Nishimura, Rick A; Vahanian, Alec; Eleid, Mackram F; Mack, Michael J

    2016-03-26

    The field of mitral valve disease diagnosis and management is rapidly changing. New understanding of disease pathology and progression, with improvements in and increased use of sophisticated imaging modalities, have led to early diagnosis and complex treatment. In primary mitral regurgitation, surgical repair is the standard of care. Treatment of asymptomatic patients with severe mitral regurgitation in valve reference centres, in which successful repair is more than 95% and surgical mortality is less than 1%, should be the expectation for the next 5 years. Transcatheter mitral valve repair with a MitraClip device is also producing good outcomes in patients with primary mitral regurgitation who are at high surgical risk. Findings from clinical trials of MitraClip versus surgery in patients of intermediate surgical risk are expected to be initiated in the next few years. In patients with secondary mitral regurgitation, mainly a disease of the left ventricle, the vision for the next 5 years is not nearly as clear. Outcomes from ongoing clinical trials will greatly inform this field. Use of transcatheter techniques, both repair and replacement, is expected to substantially expand. Mitral annular calcification is an increasing problem in elderly people, causing both mitral stenosis and regurgitation which are difficult to treat. There is anecdotal experience with use of transcatheter valves by either a catheter-based approach or as a hybrid technique with open surgery, which is being studied in early feasibility trials. PMID:27025438

  1. Mitral Valve Prolapse

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    ... may not close tightly. These flaps normally help seal or open the valve. Much of the time, ... and tricuspid valves close. They form a tight seal that prevents blood from flowing back into the ...

  2. Swinging Calcified Amorphous Tumors With Related Mitral Annular Calcification.

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    Matsukuma, Seiji; Eishi, Kiyoyuki; Tanigawa, Kazuyoshi; Miura, Takashi; Matsumaru, Ichiro; Hisatomi, Kazuki; Tsuneto, Akira

    2016-04-01

    Among cardiac calcified amorphous tumors, the mitral annular calcification-related calcified amorphous tumor is extremely rare. We herein describe 3 surgical cases of swinging calcified amorphous tumor with related mitral annular calcification. The clinical, echocardiographic, and pathophysiologic features are reported here together with a brief review of the literature. PMID:27000610

  3. Bioprosthetic mitral valve dysfunction due to native valve preserving procedure.

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    Matsuno, Yukihiro; Mori, Yoshio; Umeda, Yukio; Takiya, Hiroshi

    2016-03-01

    Mitral valve replacement with preservation of the mitral leaflets and subvalvular apparatus is considered to maintain left ventricular geometry and function and reduce the risk of myocardial rupture. However, the routine use of this technique may lead to early complications such as left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and even mitral inflow obstruction, requiring reoperation. We describe a rare case of bioprosthetic mitral valve dysfunction caused by a native valve preserving procedure. PMID:25392048

  4. In vivo identification of mitral valve fibrosis and calcium by real-time quantitative ultrasonic analysis.

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    Lattanzi, F; Picano, E; Landini, L; Mazzarisi, A; Pelosi, G; Benassi, A; Salvatore, L; Distante, A; L'Abbate, A

    1990-02-01

    Conventional echocardiography provides fundamental information about mitral valve morphology and function but has a relatively low specificity in evaluating valve calcific deposits, which is critical information for the preoperative decision to perform commisurotomy or replacement. In vitro radiofrequency ultrasonic quantitative analysis of the mitral valve has been demonstrated to be a reliable tool in identifying normal, fibrotic and calcific valves. This study evaluates quantitative ultrasound characterization of the mitral valve in vivo. Thirty-three patients, scheduled to undergo mitral valve replacement, and 20 normal subjects (10 young and 10 older control subjects) were studied with a 2.25-MHz transducer. Radiofrequency signal was analyzed by a microprocessor system (used with an M-mode commercially available echocardiograph) for on-line evaluation of ultrasonic backscatter with 8 bits of amplitude resolution, 40-MHz sampling rate and a 1-microsecond acquisition gate. The integrated value of the rectified radiofrequency signal amplitude was deemed the integrated backscatter index. The highest value recorded with the ultrasonic analysis from each valve was taken as representative and expressed as the percent value with respect to the pericardial integrated backscatter index value of that subject. The 33 excised mitral valves underwent histologic examination. Four groups were identified: young controls (group I, n = 10); older controls age-matched with patients (group II, n = 10); patients with fibrotic mitral valves (group III, n = 13); and patients with calcific mitral valves (group IV, n = 20).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2301264

  5. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse?

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    ... What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse? Most people who have mitral valve prolapse ( ... worsen over time, mainly when complications occur. Mitral Valve Prolapse Complications MVP complications are rare. When present, ...

  6. Mitral valve regurgitation

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    ... valve prolapse (MVP) Rare conditions, such as untreated syphilis or Marfan syndrome Rheumatic heart disease. This is ... P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011: ...

  7. Leakage test during mitral valve repair.

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    Watanabe, Taiju; Arai, Hirokuni

    2014-11-01

    Mitral valve repair is the preferred surgical treatment for mitral regurgitation. Cardiac surgeons must increasingly pursue high-quality mitral valve repair, which ensures excellent long-term outcomes. Intraoperative assessment of a competency of the repaired mitral valve before closure of the atrium is an important step in accomplishing successful mitral valve repair. Saline test is the most simple and popular method to evaluate the repaired valve. In addition, an "Ink test" can provide confirmation of the surface of coaptation, which is often insufficient in the assessment of saline test. There are sometimes differences between the findings of the leakage test in an arrested heart and the echocardiographic findings after surgery. Assessment of the mitral valve in an arrested heart may not accurately reflect its function in a contractile heart. Assessment of the valve on the beating heart induced by antegrade or retrograde coronary artery perfusion can provide a more physiological assessment of the repaired valve. Perfusion techniques during beating heart surgery mainly include antegrade coronary artery perfusion without aortic cross-clamping, and retrograde coronary artery perfusion via the coronary sinus with aortic cross-clamping. It is the most important point for the former approach to avoid air embolism with such precaution as CO2 insufflation, left ventricular venting, and transesophageal echocardiography, and for the latter approach to maintain high perfusion flow rate of coronary sinus and adequate venting. Leakage test during mitral valve repair increasingly takes an important role in successful mitral valve reconstruction. PMID:25156036

  8. Mitral valve disease--morphology and mechanisms.

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    Levine, Robert A; Hagége, Albert A; Judge, Daniel P; Padala, Muralidhar; Dal-Bianco, Jacob P; Aikawa, Elena; Beaudoin, Jonathan; Bischoff, Joyce; Bouatia-Naji, Nabila; Bruneval, Patrick; Butcher, Jonathan T; Carpentier, Alain; Chaput, Miguel; Chester, Adrian H; Clusel, Catherine; Delling, Francesca N; Dietz, Harry C; Dina, Christian; Durst, Ronen; Fernandez-Friera, Leticia; Handschumacher, Mark D; Jensen, Morten O; Jeunemaitre, Xavier P; Le Marec, Hervé; Le Tourneau, Thierry; Markwald, Roger R; Mérot, Jean; Messas, Emmanuel; Milan, David P; Neri, Tui; Norris, Russell A; Peal, David; Perrocheau, Maelle; Probst, Vincent; Pucéat, Michael; Rosenthal, Nadia; Solis, Jorge; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Schwammenthal, Ehud; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A; Song, Jae-Kwan; Yacoub, Magdi H

    2015-12-01

    Mitral valve disease is a frequent cause of heart failure and death. Emerging evidence indicates that the mitral valve is not a passive structure, but--even in adult life--remains dynamic and accessible for treatment. This concept motivates efforts to reduce the clinical progression of mitral valve disease through early detection and modification of underlying mechanisms. Discoveries of genetic mutations causing mitral valve elongation and prolapse have revealed that growth factor signalling and cell migration pathways are regulated by structural molecules in ways that can be modified to limit progression from developmental defects to valve degeneration with clinical complications. Mitral valve enlargement can determine left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and might be stimulated by potentially modifiable biological valvular-ventricular interactions. Mitral valve plasticity also allows adaptive growth in response to ventricular remodelling. However, adverse cellular and mechanobiological processes create relative leaflet deficiency in the ischaemic setting, leading to mitral regurgitation with increased heart failure and mortality. Our approach, which bridges clinicians and basic scientists, enables the correlation of observed disease with cellular and molecular mechanisms, leading to the discovery of new opportunities for improving the natural history of mitral valve disease. PMID:26483167

  9. Mitral valve disease—morphology and mechanisms

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    Levine, Robert A.; Hagége, Albert A.; Judge, Daniel P.; Padala, Muralidhar; Dal-Bianco, Jacob P.; Aikawa, Elena; Beaudoin, Jonathan; Bischoff, Joyce; Bouatia-Naji, Nabila; Bruneval, Patrick; Butcher, Jonathan T.; Carpentier, Alain; Chaput, Miguel; Chester, Adrian H.; Clusel, Catherine; Delling, Francesca N.; Dietz, Harry C.; Dina, Christian; Durst, Ronen; Fernandez-Friera, Leticia; Handschumacher, Mark D.; Jensen, Morten O.; Jeunemaitre, Xavier P.; Le Marec, Hervé; Le Tourneau, Thierry; Markwald, Roger R.; Mérot, Jean; Messas, Emmanuel; Milan, David P.; Neri, Tui; Norris, Russell A.; Peal, David; Perrocheau, Maelle; Probst, Vincent; Pucéat, Michael; Rosenthal, Nadia; Solis, Jorge; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Schwammenthal, Ehud; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A.; Song, Jae-Kwan; Yacoub, Magdi H.

    2016-01-01

    Mitral valve disease is a frequent cause of heart failure and death. Emerging evidence indicates that the mitral valve is not a passive structure, but—even in adult life—remains dynamic and accessible for treatment. This concept motivates efforts to reduce the clinical progression of mitral valve disease through early detection and modification of underlying mechanisms. Discoveries of genetic mutations causing mitral valve elongation and prolapse have revealed that growth factor signalling and cell migration pathways are regulated by structural molecules in ways that can be modified to limit progression from developmental defects to valve degeneration with clinical complications. Mitral valve enlargement can determine left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and might be stimulated by potentially modifiable biological valvular–ventricular interactions. Mitral valve plasticity also allows adaptive growth in response to ventricular remodelling. However, adverse cellular and mechanobiological processes create relative leaflet deficiency in the ischaemic setting, leading to mitral regurgitation with increased heart failure and mortality. Our approach, which bridges clinicians and basic scientists, enables the correlation of observed disease with cellular and molecular mechanisms, leading to the discovery of new opportunities for improving the natural history of mitral valve disease. PMID:26483167

  10. Anatomical challenges for transcatheter mitral valve intervention.

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    DE Backer, Ole; Luk, Ngai H; Søndergaard, Lars

    2016-06-01

    Following the success of transcatheter aortic and pulmonary valve implantation, there is a large interest in transcatheter mitral valve interventions to treat severe mitral regurgitation (MR). With the exception for the MitraClipTM (Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, USA) edge-to-edge leaflet plication system, most of these transcatheter mitral valve interventions are still in their early clinical or preclinical development phase. Challenges arising from the complex anatomy of the mitral valve and the interplay of the mitral apparatus with the left ventricle (LV) have contributed to a more difficult development process and mixed clinical results with these novel technologies. This review aims to discuss the several anatomical aspects and challenges related to transcatheter mitral valve intervention - the relevant anatomy will be reviewed in relation to specific requirements for device design and procedural aspects of transcatheter mitral valve interventions. To date, experience with these novel therapeutic modalities are still limited and resolution of many challenges are pending. Future studies have to evaluate for whom the transcatheter approach is a feasible and preferred treatment and which patients will benefit from either transcatheter mitral valve repair or replacement. Nevertheless, technological developments are anticipated to drive the transcatheter approach forward into a clinically feasible alternative to surgery for selected patients with severe MR. PMID:27028333

  11. Quantitative mitral valve anatomy and pathology

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    Monaghan, Mark J

    2015-01-01

    Quantitative analysis is an important part of the morphological assessment of the diseased mitral valve. It can be used to describe valve anatomy, pathology, function and the mechanisms of disease. Echocardiography is the main source of indirect quantitative data that is comparable with direct anatomic or surgical measurements. Furthermore, it can relate morphology with function. This review provides an account of current mitral valve quantification techniques and clinical applications. PMID:26693344

  12. Quantitative mitral valve anatomy and pathology.

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    Garbi, Madalina; Monaghan, Mark J

    2015-09-01

    Quantitative analysis is an important part of the morphological assessment of the diseased mitral valve. It can be used to describe valve anatomy, pathology, function and the mechanisms of disease. Echocardiography is the main source of indirect quantitative data that is comparable with direct anatomic or surgical measurements. Furthermore, it can relate morphology with function. This review provides an account of current mitral valve quantification techniques and clinical applications. PMID:26693344

  13. Fibrotic vs. myxomatous remodeling of mitral valves.

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    Grande-Allen, K

    2004-01-01

    Heart valves respond to load patterns imposed during valve function by remodeling their microstructure and matrix components. When exposed to loading or geometry outside of its normal range, the valve will remodel. We performed mechanical testing and biochemical analysis of extracellular matrix to compare normal mitral valves with valves that had remodeled due to primary or secondary valve disease. One form of remodeling we found was a fibrotic change, characterized by disorganized collagen produced to withstand high tensile loads. This remodeling occurred in congestive heart failure, in which the mitral valves were significantly less extensible, stiffer, and less viscous than autopsy control valves. These material changes were accompanied by higher cell and collagen concentrations as well as less water. We found a different type of remodeling in myxomatous mitral valves, in which abnormally low tensile loading results in the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Myxomatous valves were more extensible, less stiff and strong, and contained more water and the GAGs hyaluronan and chondroitin 6-sulfate than normal mitral valves. Thus, valves that experience higher tensile loads than normal exhibited fibrotic scarring and stiffening, while valves with reduced normal loading demonstrated a degenerative edematous change with high extensibility and low strength. PMID:17271107

  14. Valvuloplasty of a stenosed mitral valve bioprothesis.

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    Bekeredjian, Raffi; Katus, Hugo A; Rottbauer, Wolfgang

    2010-06-01

    An 86-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital with a stenosed biological mitral valve prothesis (orifice area 0.75 cm(2)). Additional cardiac surgery was refused by the patient and her physician. Therefore, balloon valvuloplasty of the mitral valve bioprothesis was planned. Valvulopasty was successfully and safely performed using a standard mitral valve valvuloplasty protocol. Positioning of the Inoue-balloon was facilitated using a wire that was inserted into the left ventricle and simultaneous transthoracic echocardiography. The Inoue balloon was inflated twice (26 mm). After valvuloplasty, echocardiography was repeated, showing a reduction in mean pressure gradient (5 mmHg) and increased orifice area (1.2 cm(2)) without relevant mitral valve regurgitation. PMID:20516519

  15. Durability of mitral valve repair for mitral regurgitation due to degenerative mitral valve disease

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    2015-01-01

    Degenerative diseases of the mitral valve (MV) are the most common cause of mitral regurgitation in the Western world and the most suitable pathology for MV repair. Several studies have shown excellent long-term durability of MV repair for degenerative diseases. The best follow-up results are obtained with isolated prolapse of the posterior leaflet, however even with isolated prolapse of the anterior leaflet or prolapse of both leaflets the results are gratifying, particularly in young patients. The freedom from reoperation on the MV at 15 years exceeds 90% for isolated prolapse of the posterior leaflet and it is around 70-85% for prolapse of the anterior leaflet or both leaflets. The degree of degenerative change in the MV also plays a role in durability of MV repair. Most studies have used freedom from reoperation to assess durability of the repair but some studies that examined valve function late after surgery suggest that recurrent mitral regurgitation is higher than estimated by freedom from reoperation. We can conclude that MV repair for degenerative mitral regurgitation is associated with low probability of reoperation for up to two decades after surgery. However, almost one-third of the patients develop recurrent moderate or severe mitral regurgitation suggesting that surgery does not arrest the degenerative process. PMID:26539345

  16. Late calcific mitral stenosis after MitraClip procedure in a dialysis-dependent patient.

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    Pope, Nicolas H; Lim, Scott; Ailawadi, Gorav

    2013-05-01

    The EVEREST II trial investigated the MitraClip (Abbott Vascular, Menlo Park, CA) in patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) undergoing surgical procedures. Although mitral stenosis was not reported in this cohort, this trial excluded patients receiving dialysis. We report a case of a 43-year-old HIV-positive, dialysis-dependent patient with nonischemic cardiomyopathy and severe MR, who was considered at high operative risk because of frailty. She was treated with a MitraClip as part of the REALISM high-risk registry. Her symptomatic MR improved but severe symptomatic mitral stenosis developed 28 months after the MitraClip procedure. At that point, she was felt to be a better operative candidate but required open mitral valve replacement. Pathologic examination demonstrated significant calcification of the leaflets around the MitraClip devices. PMID:23608290

  17. [Interventional mitral valve replacement : Current status].

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    Lutter, G; Frank, D

    2016-02-01

    Approximately 30 % of patients suffering from severe valvular heart disease, such as mitral valve regurgitation are non-compliant to the gold standard of minimally invasive surgery, reconstruction or valve replacement. The number of these mostly old patients with severe comorbidities is increasing; therefore, transcatheter interventions have been developed to address an unmet clinical need and may be an alternative therapeutic option to the reference standard. Apart from the successful MitraClip therapy, alternative transcatheter reconstruction technologies are being developed. As with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedures, the off-pump implantation of a valved stent into the mitral position mainly via a transapical approach will be of great benefit. Recently, the feasibility of transcatheter mitral valved stent implantation in high-risk patients has already been reported. PMID:26660091

  18. 'Fast-implantable' aortic valve implantation and concomitant mitral procedures.

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    Ferrari, Enrico; Siniscalchi, Giuseppe; Marinakis, Sotirios; Berdajs, Denis; von Segesser, Ludwig

    2014-10-01

    Concomitant aortic and mitral valve replacement or concomitant aortic valve replacement and mitral repair can be a challenge for the cardiac surgeon: in particular, because of their structure and design, two bioprosthetic heart valves or an aortic valve prosthesis and a rigid mitral ring can interfere at the level of the mitroaortic junction. Therefore, when a mitral bioprosthesis or a rigid mitral ring is already in place and a surgical aortic valve replacement becomes necessary, or when older high-risk patients require concomitant mitral and aortic procedures, the new 'fast-implantable' aortic valve system (Intuity valve, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) can represent a smart alternative to standard aortic bioprosthesis. Unfortunately, this is still controversial (risk of interference). However, transcatheter aortic valve replacements have been performed in patients with previously implanted mitral valves or mitral rings. Interestingly, we learned that there is no interference (or not significant interference) among the standard valve and the stent valve. Consequently, we can assume that a fast-implantable valve can also be safely placed next to a biological mitral valve or next to a rigid mitral ring without risks of distortion, malpositioning, high gradient or paravalvular leak. This paper describes two cases: a concomitant Intuity aortic valve and bioprosthetic mitral valve implantation and a concomitant Intuity aortic valve and mitral ring implantation. PMID:25015540

  19. Acute Renal Infarction Secondary to Calcific Embolus from Mitral Annular Calcification

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    Bande, Dinesh; Abbara, Suhny; Kalva, Sanjeeva P.

    2011-06-15

    We report a case of a 62-year-old man who presented with right groin pain who subsequently was found to have a renal infarct secondary to calcific embolus from mitral annular calcification on CT and angiography. We briefly review the literature and discuss the importance of this entity in clinical practice.

  20. Obstructive bioprosthetic mitral valve thrombus: management options?

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    Alshehri, Halia Z; Ismail, Magdi; Ibrahim, Mohamed F

    2014-10-01

    Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis is an extremely rare event, therefore, long-term anticoagulation can be avoided. There is limited experience in the diagnosis and treatment of such a situation. We present the case of a patient with a porcine mitral bioprosthesis who presented with acute pulmonary edema, likely secondary to obstructive valve thrombosis. A favorable outcome was observed after conservative anticoagulant treatment. PMID:24887839

  1. In vitro identification of different degrees of mitral valve disease by online evaluation of radiofrequency ultrasound signal.

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    Lattanzi, F; Picano, E; Mazzarisi, A; Aratari, C; Pelosi, G; Pozzolini, A; Salvatore, L; Landini, L; Distante, A; L'Abbate, A

    1987-11-01

    Sixty five mitral valves were studied in vitro with a 2.25 MHz transducer. Radiofrequency signals were analysed by a microprocessor system (implemented on an M-mode commercially available echocardiography) for online evaluation of ultrasonic backscatter (8 bits of amplitude resolution, 40 MHz sampling rate, 1 microsecond acquisition gate). The integrated value of the rectified signal amplitude was expressed as the integrated backscatter index (in db). The highest value recorded with ultrasonic scanning of each sample was taken as representative of that specimen. Calcification of mitral valves was assessed by radiography (24 mitral valves). Non-calcified mitral calves underwent pathological examination, and fibrotic valves (22 mitral valves) were differentiated from normal valves (19 mitral valves). A statistically significant (p less than 0.005) difference was recorded among the three groups for the index maximal value: calcific -7.4(3.1) db (mean(SD)), fibrotic -18.9(4.9) db, and normal -37.9(7.6) db. In conclusion, a microprocessor based system for online evaluation of radiofrequency ultrasonic signals, which may also be feasible for in vivo studies, provided a clear differentiation in vitro of calcific, fibrotic, and normal mitral valves. PMID:3286003

  2. [Mitral valve repair with anterior leaflet augmentation for rheumatic mitral valve disease].

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    Tobe, S; Omura, A; Yoshida, K; Yamaguchi, M

    2007-08-01

    A 74-year-old male with congestive heart failure was referred to our hospital, and massive mitral regurgitation as well as aortic stenosis and regurgitation were detected by echocardiography. His mitral valve was successfully repaired with anterior leaflet augmentation with the equine pericardial patch followed by aortic valve replacement. Postoperative transthoracic Doppler echocardiography revealed no mitral regurgitation. The patient recovered uneventfully and was discharged on the 19th postoperative day. At 2 years and 2nd month after the operation, he is well without limitation of daily activities and any evidence of mitral regurgitation. PMID:17703618

  3. Unusual redo mitral valve replacement for bleeding in Glanzmann thrombasthenia.

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    Garcia-Villarreal, Ovidio A; Fernández-Ceseña, Ernesto; Solano-Ricardi, Mercedes; Aguilar-García, Alma L; Vega-Hernández, Raquel; Del Angel-Soto, Gustavo

    2016-01-01

    We report the case of 23-year-old man with mitral valve regurgitation and Glanzmann thrombasthenia, who underwent mechanical mitral valve replacement. Warfarin therapy was devastating, causing bilateral hemothorax, pericardial effusion, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hematuria. Redo mitral valve replacement with a biological prosthesis was required to resolve this critical situation. To our knowledge, this is the first report of mitral valve replacement in Glanzmann thrombasthenia, highlighting the danger of oral anticoagulation in this pathology. PMID:24904176

  4. Calcifications in benfluorex-induced valve heart disease: a misknown association.

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    Plurien, Franois; Bruneval, Patrick; Jobic, Yannick; Iung, Bernard; Ennezat, Pierre-Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    Benfluorex, an anorexigenic agent, is recognized to induce noncalcified restrictive valvular regurgitation. We report a well-documented case of a 73-year-old patient who developed heart failure with aortic and mitral regurgitation following benfluorex intake. Echocardiography and peroperative analysis found large mitral annular calcifications and aortic subvalvular calcifications. Pathology confirmed drug-induced valve heart disease (DIVHD). The presence of valvular apparatus calcification should not lead to diagnosis of degenerative valvular disease and a priori preclude the diagnosis of DIVHD. PMID:25614032

  5. Mitral Valve Prolapse in Persons with Down Syndrome.

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    Pueschel, Siegfried M.; Werner, John Christian

    1994-01-01

    Examination of 36 home-reared young adults with Down's syndrome found that 20 had abnormal echocardiographic findings. Thirteen had mitral valve prolapse, three had mitral valve prolapse and aortic insufficiency, two had only aortic insufficiency, and two had other mitral valve disorders. Theories of pathogenesis and relationship to exercise and…

  6. Piezogenic Pedal Papules with Mitral Valve Prolapse

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    Altin, Cihan; Askin, Ulku; Gezmis, Esin; Muderrisoglu, Haldun

    2016-01-01

    Piezogenic pedal papules (PPP) are herniations of subcutaneous adipose tissue into the dermis. PPP are skin-colored to yellowish papules and nodules on lateral surfaces of feet that typically become apparent when the patient stands flat on his/her feet. Some connective tissue diseases and syndromes have been reported in association with PPP. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve, characterized by the displacement of an abnormally thickened mitral valve leaflet into the left atrium during systole. MVP may be isolated or part of a heritable connective tissue disorder. PPP, which is generally considered as an isolated lesion, might be also a predictor of some cardiac diseases associated with connective tissue abnormalities such as MVP. A detailed systemic investigation including cardiac examination should be done in patients with PPP. Since in the literature, there are no case reports of association of PPP with MVP, we report these cases. PMID:27057041

  7. Piezogenic Pedal Papules with Mitral Valve Prolapse.

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    Altin, Cihan; Askin, Ulku; Gezmis, Esin; Muderrisoglu, Haldun

    2016-01-01

    Piezogenic pedal papules (PPP) are herniations of subcutaneous adipose tissue into the dermis. PPP are skin-colored to yellowish papules and nodules on lateral surfaces of feet that typically become apparent when the patient stands flat on his/her feet. Some connective tissue diseases and syndromes have been reported in association with PPP. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve, characterized by the displacement of an abnormally thickened mitral valve leaflet into the left atrium during systole. MVP may be isolated or part of a heritable connective tissue disorder. PPP, which is generally considered as an isolated lesion, might be also a predictor of some cardiac diseases associated with connective tissue abnormalities such as MVP. A detailed systemic investigation including cardiac examination should be done in patients with PPP. Since in the literature, there are no case reports of association of PPP with MVP, we report these cases. PMID:27057041

  8. Early transcatheter valve dysfunction after transapical mitral valve-in-valve implantation.

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    Baldizon, Isabel; Espinoza, Andres; Kuntze, Thomas; Girdauskas, Evaldas

    2016-04-01

    Some patients who underwent previous mitral valve surgery experience bioprosthetic valve degeneration or recurrent mitral valve regurgitation, and the transcatheter valve-in-valve or valve-in-ring procedure is a promising therapeutic option. Early thrombotic complications have been recently reported in 0.6-0.8% of TAVI prostheses implanted in aortic position. To the best of our knowledge, this article reports on the first case of thrombotic transcatheter mitral valve dysfunction which occurred on oral anticoagulation with Coumadin in combination with antiplatelet therapy. Although it is quite a rare complication, early thrombotic dysfunction of transcatheter valve prosthesis may occur. PMID:27002016

  9. Mitral valve plasty for a hammock mitral valve in an adult patient.

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    Ito, Toshiaki; Tokoro, Masayoshi; Yanagisawa, Jyunji

    2015-09-01

    A 50-year old woman presented with arterial thrombosis in the right leg. Echocardiography revealed a mobile left atrial thrombus and severe mitral stenosis. She underwent a left atrial thrombectomy, the maze procedure and mitral valve plasty. Anterior and posterior mitral leaflets arose directly from the anterior papillary muscle, and from the posterior papillary muscle intervened by short chordae. This suggested a hammock mitral valve. A posterior papillary muscle division and commissurotomy were performed. The anterior leaflet was divided off the anterior papillary muscle, then extended by a triangular-shaped autologous pericardial patch and apically reattached. The postoperative mean pressure gradient of the mitral valve was 2.2 mmHg, and there was no regurgitation. The patient was in NYHA Class 1 and in sinus rhythm, 14 months after the operation. PMID:26034223

  10. Mitral Valve Prolapse in Young Patients.

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    McFaul, Richard C.

    1987-01-01

    A review of research regarding mitral valve prolapse in young children indicates that up to five percent of this population have the condition, with the majority being asymptomatic and requiring reassurance that the condition usually remains mild. Beta-blocking drugs are prescribed for patients with disabling chest pain, dizziness, palpitation, or…

  11. Material Properties of Aged Human Mitral Valve Leaflets

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    Pham, Thuy; Sun, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Objective To characterize the mechanical properties of aged human anterior (AML) and posterior (PML) mitral leaflets. Materials and Methods The AML and PML samples from explanted human hearts (n = 21, mean age of 82.62 ± 8.77 years old) were subjected to planar biaxial mechanical tests. The material stiffness, extensibility and degree of anisotropy of the leaflet samples were quantified. The microstructure of the samples was assessed through histology. Results Both the AML and PML samples exhibited a nonlinear and anisotropic behavior with the circumferential direction being stiffer than the radial direction. The AML samples were significantly stiffer than the PML samples in both directions, suggesting that they should be modeled with separate sets of material properties in computational studies. Histological analysis indicated the changes in the tissue elastic constituents, including the fragmented and disorganized elastin network, the presence of fibrosis and proteoglycan/glycosaminoglycan infiltration and calcification, suggesting possible valvular degenerative characteristics in the aged human leaflet samples. Overall, stiffness increased and areal strain decreased with calcification severity. In addition, leaflet tissues from hypertensive individuals also exhibited a higher stiffness and low areal strain than normotensive individuals. Conclusion There are significant differences in the mechanical properties of the two human mitral valve leaflets from this advanced age group. The morphologic changes in the tissue composition and structure also infer the structural and functional difference between aged human valves and those of animals. PMID:24039052

  12. Palliative Mitral Valve Repair During Infancy for Neonatal Marfan Syndrome.

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    Kitahara, Hiroto; Aeba, Ryo; Takaki, Hidenobu; Shimizu, Hideyuki

    2016-05-01

    An infant with neonatal Marfan syndrome (nMFS), a condition that is nearly always lethal during infancy, was referred to our hospital with symptoms of congestive heart failure resulting from severe mitral valve insufficiency. During mitral valve repair, the use of an annuloplasty ring was waived until annular dilatation was achieved after 2 palliative mitral valvuloplasty procedures. After the definitive operation, the patient's mitral valve function remained within normal limits until the last follow-up when the patient was 11 years old. To the best of our knowledge, this patient has the longest recorded survival after mitral valve repair. PMID:27106438

  13. Determination of mitral valve area by cross-sectional echocardiography.

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    Wann, L S; Weyman, A E; Feigenbaum, H; Dillon, J C; Johnston, K W; Eggleton, R C

    1978-03-01

    Cross-sectional echocardiograms of the mitral valve orifice were recorded in 37 patients with mitral stenosis. Twenty-seven had pure mitral stenosis, and 10 had associated mitral regurgitation. Mitral valve area in patients with pure mitral stenosis measured from cross-sectional echocardiography was highly correlated (r = 0.89) with that calculated with the Gorlin formula using the pressure gradient and Fick cardiac output. With mitral regurgitation, mitral valve area by cross-sectional echocardiography correlated well (r = 0.90) with that calculated from the pressure gradient and cineangiographic stroke output. In two cases, direct pathologic measurements of mitral valve area agreed exactly with the cross-sectional echocardiographic measurement. Correlation between the mitral E-F slope and mitral valve area by cross-sectional echocardiography (r = 0.56) and catheterization (r = 0.49) was less reliable. Cross-sectional echocardiographic measurement of the mitral valve area correlates well with catheterization in patients with pure mitral stenosis and those with associated regurgitation. PMID:629495

  14. Mitral valve repair over five decades

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    2015-01-01

    It has become evident that mitral valve (MV) repair is the preferable treatment for the majority of patients presenting with severe mitral regurgitation (MR). This success clearly testifies that the surgical procedure is accessible, reproducible and is carrying excellent long-lasting results. From the pre-extracorporeal circulation’s era to the last percutaneous approaches, a large variety of techniques have been proposed to address the different features of MV diseases. This article aimed at reviewing chronologically the development of these dedicated techniques through their origins and the debates that they generated in the literature. PMID:26309841

  15. Left Atrial Wall Dissection after Mitral Valve Replacement

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    Kim, Kyung Woo; Park, Se Hyeok; Lee, Sang-Il; Kim, Ji Yeon; Kim, Kyung-Tae; Choe, Won Joo; Park, Jang Su; Kim, Jung Won

    2013-01-01

    Left atrial dissection does occur, though rarely, after mitral valve surgery. A 68-year-old Korean female presented with moderate mitral stenosis, mild mitral regurgitation, moderate tricuspid regurgitation and mild aortic regurgitation. She was scheduled for mitral valve replacement and tricuspid annuloplasty. We experienced a left atrial dissection after weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass and decided not to repair it. The patient recovered uneventfully. We suggest that a specific type of left atrial dissection can be treated conservatively. PMID:24198922

  16. Replacement of an immobile prosthetic mitral valve: a case report.

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    Mete, A; Turkay, C; Kumbasar, D; Gölbaşi, I; Sahin, N; Bayezid, O

    1999-01-01

    A mechanical prosthetic heart valve can become acutely obstructed despite anticoagulation therapy. This can be a life-threatening complication. We report the case of a 38-year-old woman who survived obstruction of her Sorin prosthetic mitral valve. She was admitted to the hospital because of severe pulmonary edema. On auscultation, mechanical valve sounds were absent. Transthoracic echocardiography showed an immobile mechanical valve. The patient suffered a cardiac arrest while being prepared for surgery, but she underwent successful mitral valve replacement after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When patients with prosthetic mitral valves present with acute dyspnea, the possibility of an obstructed prosthetic valve must be considered in the differential diagnosis. Images PMID:10524748

  17. Mitral valve-in-valve with the Lotus mechanically expanding platform.

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    Feldman, Ted; Reardon, Michael J

    2015-12-01

    Disadvantages of existing balloon expandable or self-expanding transcatheter platforms for mitral valve-in-valve include the potential for malposition during deployment and for LV outflow tract obstruction Controlled mechanical valve expansion, the option to reposition, and stable hemodynamics throughout the procedure make the LOTUS valve an attractive option for mitral valve-in-valve Correct sizing remains a critical aspect of all trancatheter valve implant procedures, including valve-in-valve implants. PMID:26582326

  18. Robotically assisted minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

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    Alwair, Hazaim; Nifong, Wiley L; Chitwood, W Randolph

    2013-01-01

    Increased recognition of advantages, over the last decade, of minimizing surgical trauma by operating through smaller incisions and its direct impact on reduced postoperative pain, quicker recovery, improved cosmesis and earlier return to work has spurred the minimally invasive cardiac surgical revolution. This transition began in the early 1990s with advancements in endoscopic instruments, video & fiberoptic technology and improvements in perfusion systems for establishing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) via peripheral cannulation. Society of Thoracic Surgeons data documents that 20% of all mitral valve surgeries are performed using minimally invasive techniques, with half being robotically assisted. This article reviews the current status of robotically assisted mitral valve surgery, its advantages and technical modifications for optimizing clinical outcomes. PMID:24251030

  19. Evolution of the concept and practice of mitral valve repair

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    Tchantchaleishvili, Vakhtang; Rajab, Taufiek K.

    2015-01-01

    The first successful mitral valve repair was performed by Elliot Cutler at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1923. Subsequent evolution in the surgical techniques as well as multi-disciplinary cooperation between cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists has resulted in excellent outcomes. In spite of this, the etiology of mitral valve pathology ultimately determines the outcome of mitral valve repair. PMID:26309840

  20. Normal joint mobility in mitral valve prolapse

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    Marks, J. S.; Sharp, J.; Brear, S. G.; Edwards, J. D.

    1983-01-01

    Thirty-seven adults (19 male, 18 female) with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) were examined for evidence of joint hypermobility scored on a 0-9 scale. None of the patients had hypermobility scores exceeding 3, and comparison with 37 healthy age and sex matched controls recruited from hospital staff failed to show an increased prevalence of hypermobility in MVP. There was no evidence that the MVP syndrome is a forme fruste of a heritable disorder of connective tissue. PMID:6830324

  1. Beating-heart Mitral Valve Chordal Replacement

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    Laing, Genevieve; Dupont, Pierre E.

    2011-01-01

    Replacing open-heart surgical procedures with beating-heart interventions substantially decreases the trauma and risk of a procedure. One of the most challenging procedures to perform on the beating heart is valve repair. To address this need, this paper proposes a tool for replacing mitral valve chordae to correct regurgitation. The chordae is secured to the papillary muscle and leaflet using NiTi tissue anchors that also incorporate an internal adjustment mechanism to enable initial adjustment as well as subsequent readjustment of chordae length. Efficacy of the proposed tool for chordae replacement and reduction of regurgitation was demonstrated in an ex-vivo heart simulator. PMID:22254843

  2. Effect of the mitral valve on diastolic flow patterns

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    Seo, Jung Hee; Vedula, Vijay; Mittal, Rajat; Abraham, Theodore; Dawoud, Fady; Luo, Hongchang; Lardo, Albert C.

    2014-12-15

    The leaflets of the mitral valve interact with the mitral jet and significantly impact diastolic flow patterns, but the effect of mitral valve morphology and kinematics on diastolic flow and its implications for left ventricular function have not been clearly delineated. In the present study, we employ computational hemodynamic simulations to understand the effect of mitral valve leaflets on diastolic flow. A computational model of the left ventricle is constructed based on a high-resolution contrast computed-tomography scan, and a physiological inspired model of the mitral valve leaflets is synthesized from morphological and echocardiographic data. Simulations are performed with a diode type valve model as well as the physiological mitral valve model in order to delineate the effect of mitral-valve leaflets on the intraventricular flow. The study suggests that a normal physiological mitral valve promotes the formation of a circulatory (or “looped”) flow pattern in the ventricle. The mitral valve leaflets also increase the strength of the apical flow, thereby enhancing apical washout and mixing of ventricular blood. The implications of these findings on ventricular function as well as ventricular flow models are discussed.

  3. Preservation versus non-preservation of mitral valve apparatus during mitral valve replacement: a meta-analysis of 3835 patients

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    Sá, Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira; Ferraz, Paulo Ernando; Escobar, Rodrigo Renda; Martins, Wendell Santos; de Araújo e Sá, Frederico Browne Correia; Lustosa, Pablo César; Vasconcelos, Frederico Pires; Lima, Ricardo Carvalho

    2012-01-01

    Resection of the chordopapillary apparatus during mitral valve replacement has been associated with a negative impact on survival. Mitral valve replacement with the preservation of the mitral valve apparatus has been associated with better outcomes, but surgeons remain refractory to its use. To determine if there is any real difference in preservation vs non-preservation of mitral valve apparatus during mitral valve replacement in terms of outcomes, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis using MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL/CCTR, SciELO, LILACS, Google Scholar and reference lists of relevant articles to search for clinical studies that compared outcomes (30-day mortality, postoperative low cardiac output syndrome or 5-year mortality) between preservation vs non-preservation during mitral valve replacement from 1966 to 2011. The principal summary measures were odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence interval and P-values (that will be considered statistically significant when <0.05). The ORs were combined across studies using a weighted DerSimonian–Laird random-effects model. The meta-analysis was completed using the software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis version 2 (Biostat Inc., Englewood, NJ, USA). Twenty studies (3 randomized and 17 non-randomized) were identified and included a total of 3835 patients (1918 for mitral valve replacement preservation and 1917 for mitral valve replacement non-preservation). There was significant difference between mitral valve replacement preservation and mitral valve replacement non-preservation groups in the risk of 30-day mortality (OR 0.418, P <0.001), postoperative low cardiac output syndrome (OR 0.299, P <0.001) or 5-year mortality (OR 0.380, P <0.001). No publication bias or important heterogeneity of effects on any outcome was observed. In conclusion, we found evidence that argues in favour of the preservation of mitral valve apparatus during mitral valve replacement. PMID:23027596

  4. Mitral Valve Stenosis after Open Repair Surgery for Non-rheumatic Mitral Valve Regurgitation: A Review

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    Shabsigh, Muhammad; Lawrence, Cassidy; Rosero-Britton, Byron R.; Kumar, Nicolas; Kimura, Satoshi; Durda, Michael Andrew; Essandoh, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Mitral stenosis (MS) after mitral valve (MV) repair is a slowly progressive condition, usually detected many years after the index MV surgery. It is defined as a mean transmitral pressure gradient (TMPG) >5 mmHg or a mitral valve area (MVA) <1.5 cm2. Pannus formation around the mitral annulus or extending to the mitral leaflets is suggested as the main mechanism for developing delayed MS after MV repair. On the other hand, early stenosis is thought to be a direct result of an undersized annuloplasty ring. Furthermore, in MS following ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) repair, subvalvular tethering is the hypothesized pathophysiology. MS after MV repair has an incidence of 9–54%. Several factors have been associated with a higher risk for developing MS after MV repair, including the use of flexible Duran annuloplasty rings versus rigid Carpentier–Edwards rings, complete annuloplasty rings versus partial bands, small versus large anterior leaflet opening angle, and anterior leaflet tip opening length. Intraoperative echocardiography can measure the anterior leaflet opening angle, the anterior leaflet tip opening dimension, the MVA and the mean TMPG, and may help identify patients at risk for developing MS after MV repair. PMID:27148540

  5. Ultrasound based mitral valve annulus tracking for off-pump beating heart mitral valve repair

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    Li, Feng P.; Rajchl, Martin; Moore, John; Peters, Terry M.

    2014-03-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) occurs when the mitral valve cannot close properly during systole. The NeoChordtool aims to repair MR by implanting artificial chordae tendineae on flail leaflets inside the beating heart, without a cardiopulmonary bypass. Image guidance is crucial for such a procedure due to the lack of direct vision of the targets or instruments. While this procedure is currently guided solely by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), our previous work has demonstrated that guidance safety and efficiency can be significantly improved by employing augmented virtuality to provide virtual presentation of mitral valve annulus (MVA) and tools integrated with real time ultrasound image data. However, real-time mitral annulus tracking remains a challenge. In this paper, we describe an image-based approach to rapidly track MVA points on 2D/biplane TEE images. This approach is composed of two components: an image-based phasing component identifying images at optimal cardiac phases for tracking, and a registration component updating the coordinates of MVA points. Preliminary validation has been performed on porcine data with an average difference between manually and automatically identified MVA points of 2.5mm. Using a parallelized implementation, this approach is able to track the mitral valve at up to 10 images per second.

  6. [Immune state in athletes with mitral valve prolapse].

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    Maslennikova, O M; Reznichenko, T A; Firsakova, V Iu

    2013-01-01

    The authors evaluated immune state in 541 professional athletes. The athletes with vitral valve prolapse (132 subjects) appeared to have immune changes - lower immunoglobulines levels, general leucocytes count, if compared to the athletes without mitral valve prolapse. PMID:24340766

  7. Tissue-engineered mitral valve chordae tendineae: Biomechanical and biological characterization of decellularized porcine chordae.

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    Gong, Wenhui; Li, Sen; Lei, Dong; Huang, Peng; Yuan, Zhize; You, Zhengwei; Ye, Xiaofeng; Zhao, Qiang

    2016-03-01

    Chordae tendineae are essential for maintaining mitral valve function. Chordae replacement is one of the valve repair procedures commonly used to treat mitral valve regurgitation. But current chordae alternatives (polytetrafluoroethylene, ePTFE) do not have the elastic and self-regenerative properties. Moreover, the ePTFE sutures sometimes fail due to degeneration, calcification and rupture. Tissue-engineered chordae tendineae may overcome these problems. The utility of xenogeneic chordae for tissue-engineered chordae tendineae has not yet been adequately explored. In this study, polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) film modified decellularized porcine mitral valve chordae (PEM-DPC) were developed to explore tissue-engineered chordae tendineae as neochordae substitutes. Fresh porcine mitral chordae were decellularized and reserved the major elastic fiber and collagen components. Decellularized chordae with a PEM film were produced with chitosan-heparin by a lay-by-lay technique. Mesenchymal stem cells and vascular endothelial cells could grow well on the surface of the PEM-DPC. The superior biomechanical properties of PEM-DPC were proved with good flexibility and strength both in vitro and in vivo. PEM-DPC can be developed for potential alternative mitral valve chordae graft. PMID:26708255

  8. Cor Triatriatum with Mitral Valve Disease in Adults

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    Fuster-Siebert, M.; Llorens, R.; Arcas-Meca, R.; Rubio-Alvarez, J.; Prieto-Galn, F.; Garca-Bengochea, J.B.

    1982-01-01

    One 16-year-old boy with cor triatriatum and congenital mitral regurgitation and two women, 35- and 54-years-old, with cor triatriatum and rheumatic mitral stenosis are reported. The regurgitant mitral valve in the boy had three papillary muscles and short chordae tendineae. One of the patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis had a subtotal cor triatriatum with enlargement of the left atrial appendage and without asymmetry in the signs of pulmonary congestion. The mitral regurgitation facilitated the angiographic diagnosis of cor triatriatum. However, neither of the two patients associated with rheumatic mitral stenosis were correctly diagnosed preoperatively. All three patients were operated on with satisfactory results. Images PMID:15226941

  9. Senile Calcification of the Trachea, Aortic Arch, and Mitral Annulus: An Incidental Finding on Chest X-Ray.

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    Hosseinzadeh Maleki, Mahmood; Kazemi, Toba; Davoody, Navid

    2015-10-27

    A 94-year-old woman presented with dizziness and hypotension of 2 days' duration. She denied any syncope, presyncope, or angina. She had received a permanent pacemaker 12 years previously for the management of complete heart block (CHB), but she failed to program it. Twelve-lead electrocardiography revealed CHB with ventricular escape rhythm (40/min), so we inserted a temporary pacemaker. Anteroposterior chest X-ray showed trachea, aortic arch, and severe mitral valve calcification. Tracheal calcification is usually seen after 40 years old without clinical importance. However, it is seen in patients with renal failure, metastases, and prolonged use of warfarin as well as in pregnancy.(1) (-) (3). PMID:26985213

  10. Left ventricular post-infraction pseudoaneurysm mimicking mitral valve endocarditis

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    2013-01-01

    In this report we present a patient who was initially diagnosed as suffering from mitral valve endocarditis. The proper use of diagnostic modalities revealed a pseudo aneurysm of the left ventricle which was mimicking mitral valve vegetations. This allowed better planning of the subsequent operation. The optimal preoperative diagnostic studies are discussed along with the proper surgical treatment. PMID:24228621

  11. Left ventricular post-infraction pseudoaneurysm mimicking mitral valve endocarditis.

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    Dedeilias, Panagiotis; Koukis, Ioannis; Roussakis, Antonios; Tsipas, Pantelis; Rouska, Effie

    2013-01-01

    In this report we present a patient who was initially diagnosed as suffering from mitral valve endocarditis. The proper use of diagnostic modalities revealed a pseudo aneurysm of the left ventricle which was mimicking mitral valve vegetations. This allowed better planning of the subsequent operation. The optimal preoperative diagnostic studies are discussed along with the proper surgical treatment. PMID:24228621

  12. Finite element analysis to model complex mitral valve repair.

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    Labrosse, Michel; Mesana, Thierry; Baxter, Ian; Chan, Vincent

    2016-01-01

    Although finite element analysis has been used to model simple mitral repair, it has not been used to model complex repair. A virtual mitral valve model was successful in simulating normal and abnormal valve function. Models were then developed to simulate an edge-to-edge repair and repair employing quadrangular resection. Stress contour plots demonstrated increased stresses along the mitral annulus, corresponding to the annuloplasty. The role of finite element analysis in guiding clinical practice remains undetermined. PMID:24904177

  13. Review of the endovascular approach to mitral valve disease.

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    Bergsland, Jacob; Mirtaheri, Peyman; Hiorth, Nikolai; Fosse, Erik

    2015-01-01

    The first interventional attempts at relieving mitral valve disease were in a sense minimally invasive, using relatively small incisions and introduction of instruments or a finger to open stenotic valves on the beating heart. The development of reliable cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) made exact anatomic repair of mitral pathology possible with improved results. Mitral valve surgery on an arrested heart has been the mainstay of treatment for decades. Modifications and minimalization of the surgical approach using videoscopic or robotic instruments have made less invasive procedures possible. Such procedures demand excellent technical skills and are still not widely adopted. More recently, attempts have been made to repair mitral valves using endovascular access on the beating heart, guiding the repair process with real-time imaging. We are presenting a review of available and developing techniques for endovascular repair of the mitral valve. A device developed by our group will be briefly described. PMID:26201541

  14. Is mitral valve repair superior to replacement for chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation with left ventricular dysfunction?

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    2010-01-01

    Background This study was undertaken to compare mitral valve repair and replacement as treatments for ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) with left ventricular dysfunction (LVD). Specifically, we sought to determine whether the choice of mitral valve procedure affected survival, and discover which patients were predicted to benefit from mitral valve repair and which from replacement. Methods A total of 218 consecutive patients underwent either mitral valve repair (MVP, n = 112) or mitral valve replacement (MVR, n = 106). We retrospectively reviewed the clinical material, operation methods, echocardiography check during operation and follow-up. Patients details and follow-up outcomes were compared using multivariate and Kaplan-Meier analyses. Results No statistical difference was found between the two groups in term of intraoperative data. Early mortality was 3.2% (MVP 2.7% and MVR 3.8%). At discharge, Left ventricular end-systolic and end-diastolic diameter and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were improved more in the MVP group than MVR group (P < 0.05), however, in follow-up no statistically significant difference was observed between the MVR and MVP group (P > 0.05). Follow-up mitral regurgitation grade was significantly improved in the MVR group compared with the MVP group (P < 0.05). The Kaplan-Meier survival estimates at 1, 3, and 5 years were simlar between MVP and MVR group. Logistic regression revealed poor survival was associated with old age(#75), preoperative renal insufficiency and low left ventricular ejection fraction (< 30%). Conclusion Mitral valve repair is the procedure of choice in the majority of patients having surgery for severe ischemic mitral regurgitation with left ventricular dysfunction. Early results of MVP treatment seem to be satisfactory, but several lines of data indicate that mitral valve repair provided less long-term benefit than mitral valve replacement in the LVD patients. PMID:21059216

  15. Mitral Valve Clip for Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation: An Evidence-Based Analysis

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    Ansari, Mohammed T.; Ahmadzai, Nadera; Coyle, Kathryn; Coyle, Doug; Moher, David

    2015-01-01

    Background Many of the 500,000 North American patients with chronic mitral regurgitation may be poor candidates for mitral valve surgery. Objective The objective of this study was to investigate the comparative effectiveness, harms, and cost-effectiveness of percutaneous mitral valve repair using mitral valve clips in candidates at prohibitive risk for surgery. Data Sources We searched articles in MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Library published from 1994 to February 2014 for evidence of effectiveness and harms; for economic literature we also searched NHS EED and Tufts CEA registry. Grey literature was also searched. Review Methods Primary studies were sought from existing systematic reviews that had employed reliable search and screening methods. Newer studies were sought by searching the period subsequent to the last search date of the review. Two reviewers screened records and assessed study validity. We used the Cochrane risk of bias tool for randomized, generic assessment for non-randomized studies, and the Phillips checklist for economic studies. Results Ten studies including 1 randomized trial were included. The majority of the direct comparative evidence compared the mitral valve clip repair with surgery in patients not particularly at prohibitive surgical risk. Irrespective of degenerative or functional chronic mitral regurgitation etiology, evidence of effectiveness and harms is inconclusive and of very low quality. Very-low-quality evidence indicates that percutaneous mitral valve clip repair may provide a survival advantage, at least during the first 1 to 2 years, particularly in medically managed chronic functional mitral regurgitation. Because of limitations in the design of studies, the cost-effectiveness of mitral valve clips in patients at prohibitive risk for surgery also could not be established. Limitations Because of serious concerns of risk of bias, indirectness, and imprecision, evidence is of very low quality. Conclusions No meaningful conclusions can be drawn about the comparative effectiveness, harms, and cost-effectiveness of mitral valve clips in the population with chronic mitral regurgitation who are at prohibitive risk for surgery. PMID:26379810

  16. Peri-procedural imaging for transcatheter mitral valve replacement.

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    Natarajan, Navin; Patel, Parag; Bartel, Thomas; Kapadia, Samir; Navia, Jose; Stewart, William; Tuzcu, E Murat; Schoenhagen, Paul

    2016-04-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) has a high prevalence in older patient populations of industrialized nations. Common etiologies are structural, degenerative MR and functional MR secondary to myocardial remodeling. Because of co-morbidities and associated high surgical risk, open surgical mitral repair/replacement is deferred in a significant percentage of patients. For these patients transcatheter repair/replacement are emerging as treatment options. Because of the lack of direct visualization, pre- and intra-procedural imaging is critical for these procedures. In this review, we summarize mitral valve anatomy, trans-catheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) options, and imaging in the context of TMVR. PMID:27054104

  17. Peri-procedural imaging for transcatheter mitral valve replacement

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    Natarajan, Navin; Patel, Parag; Bartel, Thomas; Kapadia, Samir; Navia, Jose; Stewart, William; Tuzcu, E. Murat

    2016-01-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) has a high prevalence in older patient populations of industrialized nations. Common etiologies are structural, degenerative MR and functional MR secondary to myocardial remodeling. Because of co-morbidities and associated high surgical risk, open surgical mitral repair/replacement is deferred in a significant percentage of patients. For these patients transcatheter repair/replacement are emerging as treatment options. Because of the lack of direct visualization, pre- and intra-procedural imaging is critical for these procedures. In this review, we summarize mitral valve anatomy, trans-catheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) options, and imaging in the context of TMVR. PMID:27054104

  18. Mitral valve prolapse, panic disorder, and chest pain.

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    Alpert, M A; Mukerji, V; Sabeti, M; Russell, J L; Beitman, B D

    1991-09-01

    Mitral valve prolapse is a common cardiac disorder that can readily be diagnosed by characteristic auscultatory and echocardiographic criteria. Although many diseases have been associated with mitral valve prolapse, most affected individuals have the primary form of the disorder. Mitral valve prolapse is an inherited condition commonly associated with myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve and its support structures. Complications of mitral valve prolapse, including cardiac arrhythmias, sudden death, infective endocarditis, severe mitral regurgitation (with or without chordae tendineae rupture), and cerebral ischemic events, occur infrequently considering the wide prevalence of the disorder. Panic disorder is a specific type of anxiety disorder characterized by at least three panic attacks within a 3-week period or one panic attack followed by fear of subsequent panic attacks for at least 1 month. It too is a common condition with a prevalence and age and gender distribution similar to that of mitral valve prolapse. Panic disorder and mitral valve prolapse share many nonspecific symptoms, including chest pain or discomfort, palpitations, dyspnea, effort intolerance, and pre-syncope. Chest pain is the symptom in both conditions that most commonly brings the patient to medical attention. The clinical description of chest pain in patients with mitral valve prolapse is highly variable, possibly reflecting multiple etiologies. Chest pain in panic disorder is usually characterized as atypical angina pectoris and as such bears resemblance to the chest pain commonly described by patients with mitral valve prolapse. Multiple investigative attempts to elucidate the mechanism of chest pain in both conditions have failed to identify a unifying cause. Review of the literature leaves little doubt that mitral valve prolapse and panic disorder frequently co-occur. Given the similarities in their symptomatology, a high rate of co-occurrence is, in fact, entirely predictable. There is, however, no convincing evidence of a cause-effect relationship between the two disorders, nor has a single pathophysiologic or biochemical mechanism been identified that unites these two common conditions. Until specific biologic markers for these disorders are identified, it may be impossible to do so. The lack of a proven cause-and-effect relationship between mitral valve prolapse and panic disorder and the absence of a unifying mechanism do not diminish the clinical significance of the high rate of co-occurrence between the two conditions. Primary care physicians and cardiologists frequently encounter patients with mitral valve prolapse and nonspecific symptoms with no discernible objective cause who fail to respond to beta-blockade. Panic disorder should be considered as a possible explanation for symptoms in such patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:1895809

  19. Tricuspid regurgitation after successful mitral valve surgery

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    Katsi, Vasiliki; Raftopoulos, Leonidas; Aggeli, Constantina; Vlasseros, Ioannis; Felekos, Ioannis; Tousoulis, Dimitrios; Stefanadis, Christodoulos; Kallikazaros, Ioannis

    2012-01-01

    The tricuspid valve (TV) is inseparably connected with the mitral valve (MV) in terms of function. Any pathophysiological condition concerning the MV is potentially a threat for the normal function of the TV as well. One of the most challenging cases is functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) after surgical MV correction. In the past, TR was considered to progressively revert with time after left-sided valve restoration. Nevertheless, more recent studies showed that TR could develop and evolve postoperatively over time, as well as being closely associated with a poorer prognosis in terms of morbidity and mortality. Pressure and volume overload are usually the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms; structural alterations, like tricuspid annulus dilatation, increased leaflet tethering and right ventricular remodelling are almost always present when regurgitation develops. The most important risk factors associated with a higher probability of late TR development involve the elderly, female gender, larger left atrial size, atrial fibrillation, right chamber dilatation, higher pulmonary artery systolic pressures, longer times from the onset of MV disease to surgery, history of rheumatic heart disease, ischaemic heart disease and prosthetic valve malfunction. The time of TR manifestation can be up to 10 years or more after an MV surgery. Echocardiography, including the novel 3D Echo techniques, is crucial in the early diagnosis and prognosis of future TV disease development. Appropriate surgical technique and timing still need to be clarified. PMID:22457188

  20. Predictors of Mortality in Patients Undergoing Mitral Valve Replacement

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    Khan, Muhammad Farhan; Khan, Muhammad Shahzeb; Bawany, Faizan Imran; Dar, Mudassir Iqbal; Hussain, Mehwish; Farhan, Saima; Fatima, Kaneez; Hamid, Khizar; Arshad, Mohammad Hussham; Aziz, Maira; Siddiqi, Uswah; Aziz, Nashit Irfan; Musharraf, Muhammad Bazil; Khan, Abdul Bari

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Although mitral valve replacement is frequently performed in patients of all age groups, there are few studies available which determine the causes of operative mortality in mitral valve replacement especially in our region. Therefore, the objective of this study was to identify factors that are significantly associated with operative mortality in mitral valve replacement. Methods: From August 2012 to March 2013, 80 consecutive patients undergoing mitral valve replacement in a single tertiary hospital were included. Patients with a history of previous coronary artery bypass graft surgery or congenital heart problems were excluded from the sample. The included patients were observed for a period of 30 days. Pre and post-operative variables were used to identify significant predictors of mortality. Results: The overall hospital mortality (30 days) was 15%. High post-perative creatinine (P =0.05), high ASO titre (P=0.03), young age (P=0.011), low cardiac output (P=0.0001), small mitral valve size (P=0.002) and new onset of atrial fibrillation (P=0.007) were the significant independent predictors of operative morality. Conclusion: Mitral valve replacement can be performed in third world countries with limited resources with low mortality. However, optimal selection of mitral valve size can help to improve operative mortality. PMID:26493423

  1. TexMi: development of tissue-engineered textile-reinforced mitral valve prosthesis.

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    Moreira, Ricardo; Gesche, Valentine N; Hurtado-Aguilar, Luis G; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas; Frese, Julia; Jockenhoevel, Stefan; Mela, Petra

    2014-09-01

    Mitral valve regurgitation together with aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in Europe and North America. Mechanical and biological prostheses available for mitral valve replacement have significant limitations such as the need of a long-term anticoagulation therapy and failure by calcifications. Both types are unable to remodel, self-repair, and adapt to the changing hemodynamic conditions. Moreover, they are mostly designed for the aortic position and do not reproduce the native annular-ventricular continuity, resulting in suboptimal hemodynamics, limited durability, and gradually decreasing ventricular pumping efficiency. A tissue-engineered heart valve specifically designed for the mitral position has the potential to overcome the limitations of the commercially available substitutes. For this purpose, we developed the TexMi, a living textile-reinforced mitral valve, which recapitulates the key elements of the native one: annulus, asymmetric leaflets (anterior and posterior), and chordae tendineae to maintain the native annular-ventricular continuity. The tissue-engineered valve is based on a composite scaffold consisting of the fibrin gel as a cell carrier and a textile tubular structure with the twofold task of defining the gross three-dimensional (3D) geometry of the valve and conferring mechanical stability. The TexMi valves were molded with ovine umbilical vein cells and stimulated under dynamic conditions for 21 days in a custom-made bioreactor. Histological and immunohistological stainings showed remarkable tissue development with abundant aligned collagen fibers and elastin deposition. No cell-mediated tissue contraction occurred. This study presents the proof-of-principle for the realization of a tissue-engineered mitral valve with a simple and reliable injection molding process readily adaptable to the patient's anatomy and pathological situation by producing a patient-specific rapid prototyped mold. PMID:24665896

  2. TexMi: Development of Tissue-Engineered Textile-Reinforced Mitral Valve Prosthesis

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    Moreira, Ricardo; Gesche, Valentine N.; Hurtado-Aguilar, Luis G.; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas; Frese, Julia

    2014-01-01

    Mitral valve regurgitation together with aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in Europe and North America. Mechanical and biological prostheses available for mitral valve replacement have significant limitations such as the need of a long-term anticoagulation therapy and failure by calcifications. Both types are unable to remodel, self-repair, and adapt to the changing hemodynamic conditions. Moreover, they are mostly designed for the aortic position and do not reproduce the native annular-ventricular continuity, resulting in suboptimal hemodynamics, limited durability, and gradually decreasing ventricular pumping efficiency. A tissue-engineered heart valve specifically designed for the mitral position has the potential to overcome the limitations of the commercially available substitutes. For this purpose, we developed the TexMi, a living textile-reinforced mitral valve, which recapitulates the key elements of the native one: annulus, asymmetric leaflets (anterior and posterior), and chordae tendineae to maintain the native annular-ventricular continuity. The tissue-engineered valve is based on a composite scaffold consisting of the fibrin gel as a cell carrier and a textile tubular structure with the twofold task of defining the gross three-dimensional (3D) geometry of the valve and conferring mechanical stability. The TexMi valves were molded with ovine umbilical vein cells and stimulated under dynamic conditions for 21 days in a custom-made bioreactor. Histological and immunohistological stainings showed remarkable tissue development with abundant aligned collagen fibers and elastin deposition. No cell-mediated tissue contraction occurred. This study presents the proof-of-principle for the realization of a tissue-engineered mitral valve with a simple and reliable injection molding process readily adaptable to the patient's anatomy and pathological situation by producing a patient-specific rapid prototyped mold. PMID:24665896

  3. Reoperative minimally invasive mitral valve replacement for bovine pericardial valve thrombosis secondary to idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome.

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    Chu, Michael W A; Adams, Corey; Yared, Kibar; Ball, Warren; Dhingra, Sanjay; Rosenbloom, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Bioprosthetic mitral valves rarely obstruct. We present an older woman who presented with rapidly progressive dyspnea 4 years after bovine mitral replacement. Investigations demonstrated severe mitral stenosis with large, obstructive masses within the previous mitral prosthesis and an elevated eosinophil count. She underwent urgent reoperative mitral replacement and tricuspid valve repair through a 4-cm right minithoracotomy under hypothermic, fibrillatory arrest. Pathologic analysis revealed eosinophilic infiltrates in the obstructive masses and normal endomyocardial biopsies. She made an uneventful recovery and was discharged on steroids to suppress the eosinophilia. Repeat echocardiography demonstrated a well-functioning porcine valve without leaflet restriction or obstruction. PMID:21664795

  4. The spectrum of transcatheter mitral valve replacement devices.

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    Dudiy, Yuriy; Brownlee, Andrew; Ruiz, Carlos E

    2016-06-01

    Mitral regurgitation is the most common valvular heart disease. The gold standard for patients not suitable for valve repair is a surgical valve replacement. A significant proportion of patients, however are not referred for surgery due to comorbidities, advanced age or severe LV dysfunction. Transcatheter mitral valve replacement may be a viable therapeutic option for these high risk patients. With improvements in technology and data on the durability of the transcatheter mitral valve, this technology has the potential to be used in a lower risk population. A number of transcatheter systems have emerged recently and are at different stages of investigation. In this review, we outline the key elements and challenges of the transcatheter mitral valve design as well as the status of devices that have reached First in Man status. PMID:26959247

  5. Mitral Valve Replacement After Failed Mitral Ring Insertion With or Without Leaflet/Chordal Repair for Pure Mitral Regurgitation.

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    Roberts, William C; Moore, Meagan; Ko, Jong Mi; Hamman, Baron L

    2016-06-01

    Mitral repair operations for correction of pure mitral regurgitation (MR) are generally quite successful. Occasionally, however, the reparative procedure incompletely corrects the MR or the MR recurs. From March 1993 to January 2016, twenty nine patients had mitral valve replacement after the initial mitral repair operation, and observations in them were analyzed. All 29 patients at the repair operation had an annular ring inserted and later (<1 year in 6 and >1 year in 21) mitral valve replacement. The cause of the MR before the repair operation appears to have been prolapse in 16 patients (55%), secondary (functional) in 12 (41%) (ischemic in 5), and infective endocarditis which healed in 1 (3%). At the replacement operation the excised anterior mitral leaflet was thickened in all 29 patients. Some degree of stenosis appeared to have been present in 16 of the 29 patients before the replacement operation, although only 10 had an echocardiographic or hemodynamic recording of a transvalvular gradient; at least 11 patients had restricted motion of the posterior mitral leaflet; 10, ring dehiscence; 2, severe hemolysis; and 2, left ventricular outflow obstruction. In conclusion, there are multiple reasons for valve replacement after earlier mitral repair. Uniformly, at the time of the replacement, the mitral leaflets were thickened by fibrous tissue. Measurement of the area enclosed by the 360° rings and study of the excised leaflet suggest that the ring itself may have contributed to the leaflet scarring and development of some transmitral stenosis. PMID:27087174

  6. Development of a Severe Mitral Valve Stenosis Secondary to the Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation with a Single MitraClip.

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    Osswald, Anja; Al Jabbari, Odeaa; Abu Saleh, Walid K; Barker, Colin; Ruhparwar, Arjang; Karmonik, Christof; Loebe, Matthias

    2016-03-01

    We report a patient with class III heart failure symptoms due to mitral regurgitation (MR) subsequent to nonischemic cardiomyopathy. The patient underwent percutaneous transcatheter mitral valve repair using a single MitraClip, which reduced the MR; however it created mild-to-moderate mitral stenosis, which progressed to severe mitral stenosis. Subsequently the patient underwent mitral valve replacement surgery. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12692 (J Card Surg 2016;31:153-155). PMID:26805917

  7. Mitral Valve Surgery: Current Minimally Invasive and Transcatheter Options

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    Ramlawi, Basel; Gammie, James S.

    2016-01-01

    The mitral valve is a highly complex structure, the competency and function of which relies on the harmonious action of its component parts. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) for mitral valve repair or replacement (MVR/r) has been performed successfully with incremental improvements in techniques over the past decade. These minimally invasive procedures, while attractive to patients and referring physicians, should meet the same high bar for optimal clinical outcomes and long-term durability of valve repair as traditional sternotomy procedures. The majority of MICS MVR/r procedures are performed via a right minithoracotomy approach with direct or camera-assisted visualization, with a minority of centers performing robotic MVR/r. Outcomes with MICS MVR/r have been shown to have similar morbidity and mortality rates as traditional sternotomy MV procedures but with the advantage of reduced transfusions, postoperative atrial fibrillation, and time to recovery. More recently, transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement (TMVR/r) has become a reality. Percutaneous MV repair technology is currently FDA approved for patients with nonsurgical high-risk degenerative mitral regurgitation. Other TMVR/r technology is at various levels of preclinical and clinical investigation, although these devices are proving to be more challenging compared to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) due to the significantly more complex mitral anatomy and the greater heterogeneity of mitral disease requiring treatment. In this article, we review current techniques for MICS MVR/r and upcoming catheter-based therapies for the mitral valve. PMID:27127558

  8. Mitral Valve Surgery: Current Minimally Invasive and Transcatheter Options.

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    Ramlawi, Basel; Gammie, James S

    2016-01-01

    The mitral valve is a highly complex structure, the competency and function of which relies on the harmonious action of its component parts. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) for mitral valve repair or replacement (MVR/r) has been performed successfully with incremental improvements in techniques over the past decade. These minimally invasive procedures, while attractive to patients and referring physicians, should meet the same high bar for optimal clinical outcomes and long-term durability of valve repair as traditional sternotomy procedures. The majority of MICS MVR/r procedures are performed via a right minithoracotomy approach with direct or camera-assisted visualization, with a minority of centers performing robotic MVR/r. Outcomes with MICS MVR/r have been shown to have similar morbidity and mortality rates as traditional sternotomy MV procedures but with the advantage of reduced transfusions, postoperative atrial fibrillation, and time to recovery. More recently, transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement (TMVR/r) has become a reality. Percutaneous MV repair technology is currently FDA approved for patients with nonsurgical high-risk degenerative mitral regurgitation. Other TMVR/r technology is at various levels of preclinical and clinical investigation, although these devices are proving to be more challenging compared to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) due to the significantly more complex mitral anatomy and the greater heterogeneity of mitral disease requiring treatment. In this article, we review current techniques for MICS MVR/r and upcoming catheter-based therapies for the mitral valve. PMID:27127558

  9. Infective endocarditis and caseous calcification of the mitral annulus: the odd couple.

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    Capín, Esmeralda; León, Diego; Rodríguez, María Luisa; Corros, Cecilia; García-Campos, Ana; de la Hera, Jesús; Martín, María

    2014-01-01

    Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus is an infrequent echocardiographic finding. The differential diagnosis includes other entities like tumors, abscess or thrombus. Both cardiac CT and cardiac MRI may be useful for its definitive diagnosis. PMID:24780164

  10. Three-Dimensional Ultrasound-Derived Physical Mitral Valve Modeling

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    Witschey, Walter RT; Pouch, Alison M; McGarvey, Jeremy R; Ikeuchi, Kaori; Contijoch, Francisco; Levack, Melissa M; Yushkevick, Paul A; Sehgal, Chandra M; Jackson, Benjamin; Gorman, Robert C; Gorman, Joseph H

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Advances in mitral valve repair and adoption have been partly attributed to improvements in echocardiographic imaging technology. To further educate and guide repair surgery, we have developed a methodology to quickly produce physical models of the valve using novel 3D echocardiographic imaging software in combination with stereolithographic printing. Description Quantitative virtual mitral valve shape models were developed from 3D transesophageal echocardiographic images using software based on semi-automated image segmentation and continuous medial representation (cm-rep) algorithms. These quantitative virtual shape models were then used as input to a commercially available stereolithographic printer to generate a physical model of the each valve at end systole and end diastole. Evaluation Physical models of normal and diseased valves (ischemic mitral regurgitation and myxomatous degeneration) were constructed. There was good correspondence between the virtual shape models and physical models. Conclusions It was feasible to create a physical model of mitral valve geometry under normal, ischemic and myxomatous valve conditions using 3D printing of 3D echocardiographic data. Printed valves have the potential to guide surgical therapy for mitral valve disease. PMID:25087790

  11. [Intracardiac mass: Why not a liquefaction necrosis of a mitral annulus calcification?].

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    Leddet, P; Couppié, P; De Poli, F; Uhry, S; Hanssen, M

    2015-11-01

    We report the case of an asymptomatic 70-year-old woman with a liquefaction necrosis of mitral annulus calcification. This mass was discovered incidentally during an echocardiographic examination. Additional treatment was not performed because liquefaction necrosis of mitral calcification usually has a benign prognosic. A scheduled clinical review with an echocardiographic examination and cardiac MRI was planified. The patient is actually healthy without any complication. PMID:26482628

  12. Percutaneous and minimally invasive approaches to mitral valve repair for severe mitral regurgitation-new devices and emerging outcomes.

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    Shamoun, Fadi E; Craner, Ryan C; Seggern, Rita Von; Makar, Gerges; Ramakrishna, Harish

    2015-01-01

    Mitral valve disease is common in the United States and around the world, and if left untreated, increases cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Mitral valve repair is technically more demanding than mitral valve replacement. Mitral valve repair should be considered the first line of treatment for mitral regurgitation in younger patients, mitral valve prolapse, annular dilatation, and with structural damage to the valve. Several minimally invasive percutaneous treatment options for mitral valve repair are available that are not restricted to conventional surgical approaches, and may be better received by patients. A useful classification system of these approaches proposed by Chiam and Ruiz is based on anatomic targets and device action upon the leaflets, annulus, chordae, and left ventricle. Future directions of minimally invasive techniques will include improving the safety profile through patient selection and risk stratification, improvement of current imaging and techniques, and multidisciplinary education. PMID:26440239

  13. Minimally Invasive, Nonsurgical Approach to Repairing Mitral Valve Leaks

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  14. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Patient With a Previous Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve Replacement: Report of a Delayed Fatal Interaction.

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    Poulin, Frédéric; Lamarche, Yoan; Le, Van Hoai Viet; Doucet, Michel; Roméo, Philippe; Généreux, Philippe

    2016-02-01

    We report on a man with bioprosthetic mitral valve perforation who presented late after transcatheter aortic valve replacement with a balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valve (THV). The protrusion of the commissural strut of the bioprosthetic mitral valve coupled with the low implanted THV resulted in repetitive trauma leading to rupture of a mitral leaflet. Potential preventive strategies are discussed. This case illustrates the importance of preprocedural imaging screening and cautious THV deployment in patients with a bioprosthetic mitral valve. PMID:26319966

  15. Mitral valve repair for ischemic mitral regurgitation: lessons from the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network randomized study

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    Santana, Orlando

    2016-01-01

    Approximately 30% to 50% of patients will develop ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) after a myocardial infarction, which is a result of progressive left ventricular remodeling and dysfunction of the subvalvular apparatus, and portends a poor long-term prognosis. Surgical treatment is centered on mitral valve repair utilizing a restrictive annuloplasty, or valve replacement with preservation of the subvalvular apparatus. In the recent Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CSTN) study, patients with severe ischemic MR were randomized to mitral valve repair with a restrictive annuloplasty versus chordal-sparing valve replacement, and concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting, if indicated. At 2-year follow-up, mitral valve repair was associated with a significantly higher incidence of moderate or greater recurrent MR and heart failure, with no difference in the indices of left ventricular reverse remodeling, as compared with valve replacement. The current appraisal aims to provide insight into the CSTN trial results, and discusses the evidence supporting a pathophysiologic-guided repair strategy incorporating combined annuloplasty and subvalvular repair techniques to optimize the outcomes of mitral valve repair in ischemic MR. PMID:26904260

  16. Evaluation of mitral valve replacement anchoring in a phantom

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    McLeod, A. Jonathan; Moore, John; Lang, Pencilla; Bainbridge, Dan; Campbell, Gordon; Jones, Doug L.; Guiraudon, Gerard M.; Peters, Terry M.

    2012-02-01

    Conventional mitral valve replacement requires a median sternotomy and cardio-pulmonary bypass with aortic crossclamping and is associated with significant mortality and morbidity which could be reduced by performing the procedure off-pump. Replacing the mitral valve in the closed, off-pump, beating heart requires extensive development and validation of surgical and imaging techniques. Image guidance systems and surgical access for off-pump mitral valve replacement have been previously developed, allowing the prosthetic valve to be safely introduced into the left atrium and inserted into the mitral annulus. The major remaining challenge is to design a method of securely anchoring the prosthetic valve inside the beating heart. The development of anchoring techniques has been hampered by the expense and difficulty in conducting large animal studies. In this paper, we demonstrate how prosthetic valve anchoring may be evaluated in a dynamic phantom. The phantom provides a consistent testing environment where pressure measurements and Doppler ultrasound can be used to monitor and assess the valve anchoring procedures, detecting pararvalvular leak when valve anchoring is inadequate. Minimally invasive anchoring techniques may be directly compared to the current gold standard of valves sutured under direct vision, providing a useful tool for the validation of new surgical instruments.

  17. Open-Heart Surgery for Mitral Valve Disease

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    Gerein, Alfred N.; Gourlay, Robert H.; Kavanagh-Gray, Doris

    1965-01-01

    The findings in and experiences with 19 consecutive patients subjected to open mitral valve surgery are described. All patients underwent a right-heart catheterization. In order to exclude multivalvular heart disease, a left-heart catheterization was performed in 10 patients and angiographic studies of the aortic valve area in 12. Pulmonary function studies were performed on 11 patients. The FEV (0.75 sec.) and the MMFR were found to correlate well with existing pulmonary reserves. Fourteen of the 19 patients subjected to open mitral valve surgery survived the operation and have been followed up for three months to 2 years. Four patients had a mitral valvuloplasty. Three of these four have deteriorated and will require a valvular replacement. Ten of 15 patients subjected to a mitral valve replacement are alive; five of these 10 have had signs and symptoms indicating peripheral embolization. Mitral valvuloplasty is preferable to a valvular replacement as far as embolic complications are concerned, while valvular replacements result in a more perfect and lasting hemodynamic repair. The high incidence of peripheral embolization following valvular replacements focuses attention on the need for improved mitral valve prostheses. PMID:14346463

  18. In-vitro calcification study of polyurethane heart valves.

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    Boloori Zadeh, Parnian; Corbett, Scott C; Nayeb-Hashemi, Hamid

    2014-02-01

    Tri-leaflet polyurethane heart valves have been considered as a potential candidate in heart valve replacement surgeries. In this study, polyurethane (Angioflex(®)) heart valve prostheses were fabricated using a solvent-casting method to evaluate their calcification resistance. These valves were subjected to accelerated life testing (continuous opening and closing of the leaflets) in a synthetic calcification solution. Results showed that Angioflex(®) could be considered as a potential material for fabricating prosthetic heart valves with possibly a higher calcification resistance compared to tissue valves. In addition, calcification resistance of bisphosphonate-modified Angioflex(®) valves was also evaluated. Bisphosphonates are considered to enhance the calcification resistance of polymers once covalently bonded to the bulk of the material. However, our in-vitro results showed that bisphosphonate-modified Angioflex(®) valves did not improve the calcification resistance of Angioflex(®) compared to its untreated counterparts. The results also showed that cyclic loading of the valves' leaflets resulted in formation of numerous cracks on the calcified surface, which were not present when calcification study did not involve mechanical loading. Further study of these cracks did not result in enough evidence to conclude whether these cracks have penetrated to the polymeric surface. PMID:24411385

  19. Fibroblast growth factor 23 and parathyroid hormone predict extent of aortic valve calcifications in patients with mild to moderate chronic kidney disease

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    Di Lullo, Luca; Gorini, Antonio; Bellasi, Antonio; Morrone, Luigi F.; Rivera, Rodolfo; Russo, Luigi; Santoboni, Alberto; Russo, Domenico

    2015-01-01

    Background Cardiac valve calcifications are present in dialysis patients and regarded as dependent on a deranged mineral metabolism. Few data are available for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) not on dialysis. This study evaluates the potential association between the extent of cardiac valve calcification and levels of intact parathyroid hormone (i-PTH), phosphorus, calcium, 25-OH vitamin D, fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), Klotho and C-reactive protein (CRP) simultaneously measured in patients with mild to moderate CKD. Methods Consecutive non-hospitalized patients referring to five nephrology units were evaluated. Inclusion criteria were age >18 years, CKD Stages 3–4, and the presence of aortic and/or mitral valve calcification assessed by echocardiography as routinely clinical evaluation. Patients underwent clinical examination and routine biochemistry. Baseline i-PTH, phosphorus, calcium, 25-OH vitamin D, FGF-23, Klotho and CRP were simultaneously ascertained. Results Extent of aortic valve calcification (n = 100 patients) was moderate in 68 patients and mild in the remaining patients. Mitral valve calcification (n = 96 patients) score was 1, 2 and 3 in 61, 34 and 1 patients, respectively. In univariate analysis, no association was found between extent of mitral valve calcification and markers of mineral metabolism and CRP; aortic valve extent of calcification was positively associated with i-PTH (r2 = 0.212; P = 0.03) and FGF-23 (r2 = 0.272; P = 0.01), and negatively with Klotho (r2 = −0.208; P = 0.04). In multivariable analysis, extent of aortic valve calcification was associated with FGF-23 (P = 0.01) and PTH (P = 0.01) levels. Conclusions Extent of aortic valve calcification is associated to FGF-23 and PTH in naïve CKD patients with mild to moderate CKD. Further studies should examine whether FGF-23 assay should be included in routine clinical evaluation of CKD as part of cardiovascular risk stratification. PMID:26613033

  20. Mutations in DCHS1 Cause Mitral Valve Prolapse

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    Durst, Ronen; Sauls, Kimberly; Peal, David S; deVlaming, Annemarieke; Toomer, Katelynn; Leyne, Maire; Salani, Monica; Talkowski, Michael E.; Brand, Harrison; Perrocheau, Maëlle; Simpson, Charles; Jett, Christopher; Stone, Matthew R.; Charles, Florie; Chiang, Colby; Lynch, Stacey N.; Bouatia-Naji, Nabila; Delling, Francesca N.; Freed, Lisa A.; Tribouilloy, Christophe; Le Tourneau, Thierry; LeMarec, Hervé; Fernandez-Friera, Leticia; Solis, Jorge; Trujillano, Daniel; Ossowski, Stephan; Estivill, Xavier; Dina, Christian; Bruneval, Patrick; Chester, Adrian; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Irvine, Kenneth D.; Mao, Yaopan; Wessels, Andy; Motiwala, Tahirali; Puceat, Michel; Tsukasaki, Yoshikazu; Menick, Donald R.; Kasiganesan, Harinath; Nie, Xingju; Broome, Ann-Marie; Williams, Katherine; Johnson, Amanda; Markwald, Roger R.; Jeunemaitre, Xavier; Hagege, Albert; Levine, Robert A.; Milan, David J.; Norris, Russell A.; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A.

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common cardiac valve disease that affects nearly 1 in 40 individuals1–3. It can manifest as mitral regurgitation and is the leading indication for mitral valve surgery4,5. Despite a clear heritable component, the genetic etiology leading to non-syndromic MVP has remained elusive. Four affected individuals from a large multigenerational family segregating non-syndromic MVP underwent capture sequencing of the linked interval on chromosome 11. We report a missense mutation in the DCHS1 gene, the human homologue of the Drosophila cell polarity gene dachsous (ds) that segregates with MVP in the family. Morpholino knockdown of the zebrafish homolog dachsous1b resulted in a cardiac atrioventricular canal defect that could be rescued by wild-type human DCHS1, but not by DCHS1 mRNA with the familial mutation. Further genetic studies identified two additional families in which a second deleterious DCHS1 mutation segregates with MVP. Both DCHS1 mutations reduce protein stability as demonstrated in zebrafish, cultured cells, and, notably, in mitral valve interstitial cells (MVICs) obtained during mitral valve repair surgery of a proband. Dchs1+/− mice had prolapse of thickened mitral leaflets, which could be traced back to developmental errors in valve morphogenesis. DCHS1 deficiency in MVP patient MVICs as well as in Dchs1+/− mouse MVICs result in altered migration and cellular patterning, supporting these processes as etiological underpinnings for the disease. Understanding the role of DCHS1 in mitral valve development and MVP pathogenesis holds potential for therapeutic insights for this very common disease. PMID:26258302

  1. Mutations in DCHS1 cause mitral valve prolapse.

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    Durst, Ronen; Sauls, Kimberly; Peal, David S; deVlaming, Annemarieke; Toomer, Katelynn; Leyne, Maire; Salani, Monica; Talkowski, Michael E; Brand, Harrison; Perrocheau, Maëlle; Simpson, Charles; Jett, Christopher; Stone, Matthew R; Charles, Florie; Chiang, Colby; Lynch, Stacey N; Bouatia-Naji, Nabila; Delling, Francesca N; Freed, Lisa A; Tribouilloy, Christophe; Le Tourneau, Thierry; LeMarec, Hervé; Fernandez-Friera, Leticia; Solis, Jorge; Trujillano, Daniel; Ossowski, Stephan; Estivill, Xavier; Dina, Christian; Bruneval, Patrick; Chester, Adrian; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Irvine, Kenneth D; Mao, Yaopan; Wessels, Andy; Motiwala, Tahirali; Puceat, Michel; Tsukasaki, Yoshikazu; Menick, Donald R; Kasiganesan, Harinath; Nie, Xingju; Broome, Ann-Marie; Williams, Katherine; Johnson, Amanda; Markwald, Roger R; Jeunemaitre, Xavier; Hagege, Albert; Levine, Robert A; Milan, David J; Norris, Russell A; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A

    2015-09-01

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common cardiac valve disease that affects nearly 1 in 40 individuals. It can manifest as mitral regurgitation and is the leading indication for mitral valve surgery. Despite a clear heritable component, the genetic aetiology leading to non-syndromic MVP has remained elusive. Four affected individuals from a large multigenerational family segregating non-syndromic MVP underwent capture sequencing of the linked interval on chromosome 11. We report a missense mutation in the DCHS1 gene, the human homologue of the Drosophila cell polarity gene dachsous (ds), that segregates with MVP in the family. Morpholino knockdown of the zebrafish homologue dachsous1b resulted in a cardiac atrioventricular canal defect that could be rescued by wild-type human DCHS1, but not by DCHS1 messenger RNA with the familial mutation. Further genetic studies identified two additional families in which a second deleterious DCHS1 mutation segregates with MVP. Both DCHS1 mutations reduce protein stability as demonstrated in zebrafish, cultured cells and, notably, in mitral valve interstitial cells (MVICs) obtained during mitral valve repair surgery of a proband. Dchs1(+/-) mice had prolapse of thickened mitral leaflets, which could be traced back to developmental errors in valve morphogenesis. DCHS1 deficiency in MVP patient MVICs, as well as in Dchs1(+/-) mouse MVICs, result in altered migration and cellular patterning, supporting these processes as aetiological underpinnings for the disease. Understanding the role of DCHS1 in mitral valve development and MVP pathogenesis holds potential for therapeutic insights for this very common disease. PMID:26258302

  2. Gene expression profiling of human calcific aortic valve disease.

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    Rysä, Jaana

    2016-03-01

    Calcific aortic valve disease is a slowly progressive disorder that ranges from mild valve thickening (i.e. aortic sclerosis) to severe calcification of valves (i.e. aortic stenosis). Gene expression profiling analysis of non-calcified controls, sclerotic, and calcified aortic valves was performed to better understand the progression of calcific aortic valve disease. The complementary information related to processing and statistical analysis of the DNA microarray data is provided in this article. Interpretation of this data can be found in a research article entitled "MicroRNA-125b and chemokine CCL4 expression are associated with calcific aortic valve disease" [1]. The microarray data complies with MIAME guidelines and is deposited in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database under accession number GSE51472. PMID:26981379

  3. Gene expression profiling of human calcific aortic valve disease

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    Rysä, Jaana

    2015-01-01

    Calcific aortic valve disease is a slowly progressive disorder that ranges from mild valve thickening (i.e. aortic sclerosis) to severe calcification of valves (i.e. aortic stenosis). Gene expression profiling analysis of non-calcified controls, sclerotic, and calcified aortic valves was performed to better understand the progression of calcific aortic valve disease. The complementary information related to processing and statistical analysis of the DNA microarray data is provided in this article. Interpretation of this data can be found in a research article entitled “MicroRNA-125b and chemokine CCL4 expression are associated with calcific aortic valve disease” [1]. The microarray data complies with MIAME guidelines and is deposited in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database under accession number GSE51472.

  4. Leaflet escape in a TRI bileaflet rotatable mitral valve.

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    Dikmengil, Murat; Sucu, Nehir; Aytacoglu, Barlas Naim; Mavioglu, Ilhan

    2004-07-01

    Acute prosthetic valve dysfunction is a critical condition for any patient, and is associated with a high mortality. A 24-year-old man who had undergone mitral valve replacement with a TRI bileaflet valve four months previously at another center was admitted with acute-onset left ventricular failure. Echocardiography showed massive mitral insufficiency which was suggestive of a stuck valve. Emergency surgery was carried out, at which the cranial leaflet was found to be stuck open. There was no tissue impingement and thrombosis, the caudal leaflet was absent, and there were no signs of endocarditis or pannus formation. The TRI valve was removed and a replacement 25 mm bileaflet mechanical valve inserted. The embolized leaflet was found in the terminal aorta, but the patient died on day 66 after surgery due to sepsis which had developed from aspiration pneumonia. This is the first report of leaflet escape and terminal aortic embolization with the TRI bileaflet rotatable mitral valve. Acute deterioration of a patient with a prosthetic heart valve should suggest valve dysfunction for which appropriate treatment is rapid relief of the failing left ventricle and replacement of the defective valve with a functioning prosthesis. PMID:15311872

  5. [Left Ventricular Rupture during Both Mitral and Aortic Valve Replacements].

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    Kurumisawa, Soki; Aizawa, Kei; Takazawa, Ippei; Sato, Hirotaka; Muraoka, Arata; Ohki, Shinnichi; Saito, Tsutomu; Kawahito, Koji; Misawa, Yoshio

    2015-05-01

    A 73-year-old woman on hemodialysis was transferred to our hospital for surgical treatment of heart valve disease. She required both mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical valves, associated with tricuspid annuloplasty. After aortic de-clamping, a massive hemorrhage from the posterior atrioventricular groove was observed. Under repeated cardiac arrest, the left atrium was reopened, the implanted mitral prosthetic valve was removed and a type I left ventricular rupture (Treasure classification) was diagnosed. The lesion was directly repaired with mattress stitches and running sutures, using reinforcement materials such as a glutaraldehyde-treated bovine pericardium. To avoid mechanical stress by the prosthetic valve on the repaired site, a mechanical valve was implanted using a translocation method. The patient suffered from aspiration pneumonia and disuse atrophy for 3 months. However, she was doing well at 1 year post-operation. PMID:25963782

  6. Fatal hemolysis due to unidentified causes following mitral valve replacement with bileaflet tilting disc valve prosthesis.

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    Morishita, Y; Arikawa, K; Yamashita, M; Yuda, T; Shimokawa, S; Saigenji, H; Hashiguchi, M; Taira, A

    1987-01-01

    Fatal hemolysis after mitral valve replacement with the St. Jude bileaflet tilting prosthesis is reported in two patients. Although one underwent re-replacement of the valve, both died from multiple organ failure and acute renal failure, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy revealed microthrombi adherent to a leaflet in one and irregular leaflet surfaces in the other. Such defects are rare but are possible causes of hemolysis in patients with the St. Jude mitral valve prosthesis. PMID:3693254

  7. Mitral valve operations at a high-volume pediatric heart center: Evolving techniques and improved survival with mitral valve repair versus replacement

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    Baird, Christopher W; Myers, Patrick O; Marx, Gerald; del Nido, Pedro J

    2012-01-01

    Mitral valve disease is quite variable and can occur as an isolated defect or in association with other complex left sided lesions. These lesions are often best described with detailed pre-operative imaging studies to define the valve anatomy and to access associated left heart disease. Depending on the type of mitral valve disease, various surgical repair techniques have led to improved survival in the recent era. We describe lesion specific approach to mitral valve repair and results. PMID:22529595

  8. Genetic association analyses highlight biological pathways underlying mitral valve prolapse

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    Dina, Christian; Bouatia-Naji, Nabila; Tucker, Nathan; Delling, Francesca N.; Toomer, Katelynn; Durst, Ronen; Perrocheau, Maelle; Fernandez-Friera, Leticia; Solis, Jorge; Le Tourneau, Thierry; Chen, Ming-Huei; Probst, Vincent; Bosse, Yohan; Pibarot, Philippe; Zelenika, Diana; Lathrop, Mark; Hercberg, Serge; Roussel, Ronan; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Bonnet, Fabrice; Su Hao, LO; Dolmatova, Elena; Simonet, Floriane; Lecointe, Simon; Kyndt, Florence; Redon, Richard; Le Marec, Hervé; Froguel, Philippe; Ellinor, Patrick T.; Vasan, Ramachandran S.; Bruneval, Patrick; Norris, Russell A.; Milan, David J.; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A.; Levine, Robert A.; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Hagege, Albert A.; Jeunemaitre, Xavier

    2016-01-01

    Non-syndromic mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common degenerative cardiac valvulopathy of unknown aetiology that predisposes to mitral regurgitation, heart failure and sudden death1. Previous family and pathophysiological studies suggest a complex pattern of inheritance2–5. We performed a meta-analysis of two genome-wide association studies in 1,442 cases and 2,439 controls. We identified and replicated in 1,422 cases and 6,779 controls six loci and provide functional evidence for candidate genes. We highlight LMCD1 encoding a transcription factor6, for which morpholino knockdown in zebrafish results in atrioventricular (AV) valve regurgitation. A similar zebrafish phenotype was obtained for tensin1 (TNS1), a focal adhesion protein involved in cytoskeleton organization. We also show the expression of tensin1 during valve morphogenesis and describe enlarged posterior mitral leaflets in Tns1−/− mice. This study identifies the first risk loci for MVP and suggests new mechanisms involved in mitral valve regurgitation, the most common indication for mitral valve repair7. PMID:26301497

  9. Genetic association analyses highlight biological pathways underlying mitral valve prolapse.

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    Dina, Christian; Bouatia-Naji, Nabila; Tucker, Nathan; Delling, Francesca N; Toomer, Katelynn; Durst, Ronen; Perrocheau, Maelle; Fernandez-Friera, Leticia; Solis, Jorge; Le Tourneau, Thierry; Chen, Ming-Huei; Probst, Vincent; Bosse, Yohan; Pibarot, Philippe; Zelenika, Diana; Lathrop, Mark; Hercberg, Serge; Roussel, Ronan; Benjamin, Emelia J; Bonnet, Fabrice; Lo, Su Hao; Dolmatova, Elena; Simonet, Floriane; Lecointe, Simon; Kyndt, Florence; Redon, Richard; Le Marec, Hervé; Froguel, Philippe; Ellinor, Patrick T; Vasan, Ramachandran S; Bruneval, Patrick; Markwald, Roger R; Norris, Russell A; Milan, David J; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A; Levine, Robert A; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Hagege, Albert A; Jeunemaitre, Xavier

    2015-10-01

    Nonsyndromic mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common degenerative cardiac valvulopathy of unknown etiology that predisposes to mitral regurgitation, heart failure and sudden death. Previous family and pathophysiological studies suggest a complex pattern of inheritance. We performed a meta-analysis of 2 genome-wide association studies in 1,412 MVP cases and 2,439 controls. We identified 6 loci, which we replicated in 1,422 cases and 6,779 controls, and provide functional evidence for candidate genes. We highlight LMCD1 (LIM and cysteine-rich domains 1), which encodes a transcription factor and for which morpholino knockdown of the ortholog in zebrafish resulted in atrioventricular valve regurgitation. A similar zebrafish phenotype was obtained with knockdown of the ortholog of TNS1, which encodes tensin 1, a focal adhesion protein involved in cytoskeleton organization. We also showed expression of tensin 1 during valve morphogenesis and describe enlarged posterior mitral leaflets in Tns1(-/-) mice. This study identifies the first risk loci for MVP and suggests new mechanisms involved in mitral valve regurgitation, the most common indication for mitral valve repair. PMID:26301497

  10. [Mitral valve endocarditis after Turkish "Festival of Sacrifice"].

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    Blaich, A; Fasel, D; Kaech, C; Frei, R

    2011-09-01

    Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is the causative agent of swine erysipelas. Systemic infections caused by E. rhusiopathiae are rare, but often (90%) associated with endocarditis. In about 60% of cases endocarditis develops on normal heart valves, and despite appropriate antibiotic therapy about one-third of the patients requires valve replacement. We report the case of a housewife, who developed a mitral valve endocarditis due to E. rhusiopathiae after preparing meat for the Turkish "Festival of Sacrifice". PMID:21152883

  11. Acute massive mitral regurgitation from prosthetic valve dysfunction.

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    Cooper, D K; Sturridge, M F

    1976-01-01

    Two cases of prosthetic valve dysfunction resulting in acute massive mitral regurgitation are reported; emergency operation was successful in both cases. Survival following complete dislodgement of the occluder of a disc valve, as occurred in one case, does not appear to have been reported before. The diffculty in diagnosis of sudden cardiac decompensation in patients with prosthetic valves is stressed, as is the need for urgent operation. Images PMID:973894

  12. Animal Models of Calcific Aortic Valve Disease

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    Sider, Krista L.; Blaser, Mark C.; Simmons, Craig A.

    2011-01-01

    Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD), once thought to be a degenerative disease, is now recognized to be an active pathobiological process, with chronic inflammation emerging as a predominant, and possibly driving, factor. However, many details of the pathobiological mechanisms of CAVD remain to be described, and new approaches to treat CAVD need to be identified. Animal models are emerging as vital tools to this end, facilitated by the advent of new models and improved understanding of the utility of existing models. In this paper, we summarize and critically appraise current small and large animal models of CAVD, discuss the utility of animal models for priority CAVD research areas, and provide recommendations for future animal model studies of CAVD. PMID:21826258

  13. Mitral valve involvement as a predominant feature of cardiac amyloidosis

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    Viswanathan, Girish; Williams, James; Slinn, Simon; Campbell, Philip

    2010-01-01

    Cardiac involvement in systemic amyloidosis carries poor prognosis with a median survival of 5 months.1 The authors report an unusual presentation of cardiac amyloidosis in the form of predominant mitral regurgitation. The patient responded very well to medical therapy with subsequent improvement of mitral valve dysfunction. The authors would like to highlight this multisystem involvement and the presence of a complex overlap of systemic features. PMID:22767536

  14. Neochordameter: A New Technology in Mitral Valve Repair

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    Alizadeh-Ghavidel, Alireza; Samiei, Niloofar; Javadikasgari, Hoda; Bashirpour, Kamiar

    2013-01-01

    Background: Mitral valve repair has shown superior results compared to mitral valve replacement in patients with mitral valve prolapse. Using premeasured neochordae (the loop technique) has been proposed for both anterior and posterior leaflet repairs. However, there are two major problems that are usually experienced using this method. One is deciding the length of the neo-chordae, and the other is tying the knot at the intended length. Objectives: This study introduced a new technology in mitral valve repair that reduces the complexity of making neo-chordae loops, especially in minimally invasive surgeries. Patients and Methods: Neochordameter is a new device which utilizes preoperative transthoracic echocardiography to determine the exact length of required neochordae and enable surgeons to make neochordae loops before starting the cardiopulmonary bypass. In this study, we applied this technique in mitral valve repair of three patients. Results: Two of these patients were male and the other one was female. All of them had severe mitral regurgitation requiring anterior leaflet repair. Total eight neochordae loops were used in these patients. No change in the length of neochordae was required after saline test and all of these patients had none or trivial mitral regurgitation by intraoperative and follow up transesophageal echocardiography. No complication was seen in six-month follow up. Conclusions: The ability of this technology in developing premeasured neo-chordae loops with accurate sizes and not needing the post-implantation length adjustment which is efficient in reducing the complexity of both minimally invasive and conventional surgeries are the issues which is going to be regarded . PMID:25478522

  15. Senile Calcification of the Trachea, Aortic Arch, and Mitral Annulus: An Incidental Finding on Chest X-Ray

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    Hosseinzadeh Maleki, Mahmood; Kazemi, Toba; Davoody, Navid

    2015-01-01

    A 94-year-old woman presented with dizziness and hypotension of 2 days’ duration. She denied any syncope, presyncope, or angina. She had received a permanent pacemaker 12 years previously for the management of complete heart block (CHB), but she failed to program it. Twelve-lead electrocardiography revealed CHB with ventricular escape rhythm (40/min), so we inserted a temporary pacemaker. Anteroposterior chest X-ray showed trachea, aortic arch, and severe mitral valve calcification. Tracheal calcification is usually seen after 40 years old without clinical importance. However, it is seen in patients with renal failure, metastases, and prolonged use of warfarin as well as in pregnancy.1-3 PMID:26985213

  16. Transcatheter Aortic and Mitral Valve Implantation (TAMVI) in Native Rheumatic Valves.

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    Akujuo, Adanna C; Dellis, Sophia L; Britton, Lewis W; Bennett, Edward V

    2015-11-01

    A 68-year-old female with moderate to severe aortic stenosis and severe mitral stenosis, deemed too high risk for surgery (STS mortality risk = 12.3%) with a porcelain aorta, was successfully treated with a transcatheter aortic and mitral valve implantation (TAMVI) via a transapical approach. A 23 mm Sapien valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) was placed in the aortic position and a 29 mm inverted Sapien valve (Edwards Lifesciences) in the mitral position. PMID:26347492

  17. Minimally invasive valve sparing mitral valve repair—the loop technique—how we do it

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    Jacobs, Stephan

    2013-01-01

    Mitral valve insufficiency is the second most common heart valve disease, with untreated regurgitation leading to enlargement of the left atrium (LA), atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Besides functional regurgitation, the main cause is degenerative valve disease with elongation of the chordae tendineae and prolapsing of the leaflets. Surgical repair is the gold standard therapy for mitral valve insufficiency today. Recently, the implantation of neochordae (the “loop-technique”) has been established and is the preferred technique in many centres including ours. Results of surgical mitral valve repair are good with low rates of re-intervention and mortality. With minimally invasive techniques, patient satisfaction is high and hospital stay is short. In conclusion, mitral valve repair should be the preferred strategy in patients with symptomatic mitral valve insufficiency or with asymptomatic mitral valve insufficiency in accordance with the guidelines. Modern repair techniques like neo-chord implantation with the loop-technique combined with minimally invasive access routes result in low mortality and morbidity and short hospital stay as well as high patient satisfaction. PMID:24349988

  18. Atrial Fibrillation and Early Clinical Outcomes After Mitral Valve Surgery in Patients with Rheumatic vs. Non-Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis

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    Mirhosseini, S. J.; Ali-Hassan-Sayegh, Sadegh; Hadadzadeh, Mehdi; Naderi, Nafiseh; Mostafavi Pour Manshadi, S. M. Y.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia after open heart surgery that can lead to early morbidity and mortality following operation. Mitral stenosis (MS) is a structural abnormality of the mitral valve apparatus that can be resulted from previous rheumatic fever or non-rheumatic fever such as congenital mitral stenosis, malignant carcinoid disease etc. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that type of mitral stenosis can affect the incidence, duration and frequency of AF post mitral valve replacement. Materials and Methods: We selected fifty patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis and 50 patients with non-rheumatic mitral stenosis who were candidates for mitral valve replacement (MVR) surgery. Pre-operative tests such as CRP, ESR, CBC, UA, ANA, APL (IgM, IgG), ANCA, RF were performed on participants’ samples and the type of mitral stenosis, rheumatic or non-rheumatic, was determined clinically. Early post-operative complications such as infection, bleeding, vomiting, renal and respiratory dysfunction etc., were recorded. All patients underwent holter monitoring after being out of ICU to the time of discharge. Results: The mean age of patients was 48.56 ± 17.64 years. 57 cases (57%) were male, and 43 cases (43%) were female. Post-operative AF occurred in 14 cases (14%); 3 cases (6%) in non-rheumatic mitral stenosis group, and 11 cases (22%) in the rheumatic mitral stenosis group. There was a significant relationship between the incidence of AF and type of mitral stenosis (P = 0.02). Renal dysfunction after MVR was higher in rheumatic MS group than in non-rheumatic MS group (P = 0.026). There was no relationship between the type of mitral stenosis (rheumatic or non-rheumatic) and early mortality after mitral valve replacement (P = 0.8). Conclusion: We concluded that the type of mitral stenosis affect post-operative outcomes, especially the incidence of atrial fibrillation and some complications after mitral valve replacement. PMID:23439740

  19. Subvalvular pannus and thrombosis in a mitral valve prosthesis.

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    Kim, Gun Ha; Yang, Dong Hyun; Kang, Joon-Won; Kim, Dae-Hee; Jung, Sung-Ho; Lim, Tae-Hwan

    2016-01-01

    A 69-year-old female underwent cardiac CT to evaluate prosthetic valve (PHV) dysfunction detected on echocardiography. A CT coronal and en face views of the mitral annular plane showed a low-density, mass-like lesion on the left atrial side of the PHV and a high-density, plate-like lesion on the left ventricular side of PHV. A repeat of the mitral valve replacement was performed, and preoperative CT findings of both the thrombus on the left atrial side and pannus formation on the LV side were confirmed in the operative findings. PMID:26452593

  20. The challenges of managing rheumatic disease of the mitral valve in Jamaica.

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    Little, Sherard G

    2014-12-01

    Between January, 2009 and December, 2013, 84 patients were identified who underwent isolated mitral valve surgery in Jamaica at The University Hospital of the West Indies and The Bustamante Hospital for Children. The most common pathology requiring surgery was rheumatic heart disease, accounting for 84% of the procedures performed. The majority of patients had regurgitation of the mitral valve (67%), stenosis of the mitral valve (22%), and mixed mitral valve disease (11%). The most common procedure performed was replacement of the mitral valve (69%), followed by mitral valve repair (29%). Among the patients, one underwent closed mitral commissurotomy. The choice of procedure differed between age groups. In the paediatric population (<18 years of age), the majority of patients underwent repair of the mitral valve (89%). In the adult population (18 years and above), the majority of patients underwent mitral valve replacement (93%). Overall, of all the patients undergoing replacement of the mitral valve, 89% received a mechanical valve prosthesis, whereas 11% received a bioprosthetic valve prosthesis. Of the group of patients who underwent mitral valve repair for rheumatic heart disease, 19% required re-operation. The average time between initial surgery and re-operation was 1.2 years. Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease remain significant public health challenges in Jamaica and other developing countries. Focus must remain on primary and secondary prevention strategies in order to limit the burden of rheumatic valvulopathies. Attention should also be directed towards improving access to surgical treatment for young adults. PMID:25647387

  1. Mitral valve Libman-Sacks endocarditis visualized by real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Shroff, Hersh; Benenstein, Ricardo; Freedberg, Robin; Mehl, Sydney; Saric, Muhamed

    2012-04-01

    Libman-Sacks endocarditis (LSE) is a common manifestation of valve disease in antiphospholipid syndrome. Mitral valve LSE is characterized by verrucous vegetations on the atrial surfaces of valve leaflets. In this report, mitral valve LSE was visualized by real time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). 3D TEE provides a unique en face view of the mitral valve akin to a surgical or autopsy view that allows for an accurate determination of the size, shape, and location of the vegetations. PMID:22176492

  2. Rate of repair in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

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    Hohenberger, Wolfgang; Lakew, Fitsum; Batz, Gerhard; Diegeler, Anno

    2013-01-01

    Background Valve repair has been shown to be the method of choice in the treatment of patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation. Minimally invasive surgery has raised skepticism regarding the rate of repair especially for supposedly complex lesions, when anterior leaflet involvement or bileaflet prolapse is present. We sought to review our experience of all our patients presenting with degenerative mitral valve regurgitation and operated on minimally invasively. Method From September 2006 to December 2012, 842 patients (mean age 56.12±11.62 years old) with degenerative mitral valve regurgitation and anterior leaflet (n=82, 9.7%), posterior leaflet (n=688, 81.7%) and bileaflet (n=72, 8.6%) prolapses were operated on using a minimally invasive approach. Results 836 patients had a valve repair (99.3%) and received a concomitant ring annuloplasty (mean size, 33.7; range, 28-40). Six patients (0.7%) underwent valve replacement. Two patients had a re-repair due to MR progression or infective endocarditis. Thirty-day mortality was 0.2% (two patients). There were 60 major adverse events (MAE) (7.1%). Conclusions A minimally invasive approach allows repair of almost all degenerative valves with good short-term outcomes in a tertiary referral center, when using proven and efficient surgical techniques. PMID:24349977

  3. Mitral Valve Repair Using ePTFE Sutures for Ruptured Mitral Chordae Tendineae: A Computational Simulation Study

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    Rim, Yonghoon; Laing, Susan T.; McPherson, David D.; Kim, Hyunggun

    2013-01-01

    Mitral valve repair using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) sutures is an established and preferred interventional method to resolve the complex pathophysiologic problems associated with chordal rupture. We developed a novel computational evaluation protocol to determine the effect of the artificial sutures on restoring mitral valve function following valve repair. A virtual mitral valve was created using three-dimensional echocardiographic data in a patient with ruptured mitral chordae tendineae. Virtual repairs were designed by adding artificial sutures between the papillary muscles and the posterior leaflet where the native chordae were ruptured. Dynamic finite element simulations were performed to evaluate pre- and post-repair mitral valve function. Abnormal posterior leaflet prolapse and mitral regurgitation was clearly demonstrated in the mitral valve with ruptured chordae. Following virtual repair to reconstruct ruptured chordae, the severity of the posterior leaflet prolapse decreased and stress concentration was markedly reduced both in the leaflet tissue and the intact native chordae. Complete leaflet coaptation was restored when four or six sutures were utilized. Computational simulations provided quantitative information of functional improvement following mitral valve repair. This novel simulation strategy may provide a powerful tool for evaluation and prediction of interventional treatment for ruptured mitral chordae tendineae. PMID:24072489

  4. Beating heart mitral valve repair with integrated ultrasound imaging

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    McLeod, A. Jonathan; Moore, John T.; Peters, Terry M.

    2015-03-01

    Beating heart valve therapies rely extensively on image guidance to treat patients who would be considered inoperable with conventional surgery. Mitral valve repair techniques including the MitrClip, NeoChord, and emerging transcatheter mitral valve replacement techniques rely on transesophageal echocardiography for guidance. These images are often difficult to interpret as the tool will cause shadowing artifacts that occlude tissue near the target site. Here, we integrate ultrasound imaging directly into the NeoChord device. This provides an unobstructed imaging plane that can visualize the valve lea ets as they are engaged by the device and can aid in achieving both a proper bite and spacing between the neochordae implants. A proof of concept user study in a phantom environment is performed to provide a proof of concept for this device.

  5. Computed tomography assessment for transcatheter mitral valve interventions.

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    Narang, Akhil; Guerrero, Mayra; Feldman, Ted; Pursnani, Amit

    2016-06-01

    Multidetector cardiac computerized tomography (CT) is a robust advanced imaging modality with high spatial resolution that has emerged as an essential tool for the planning of structural heart and electrophysiology interventions. The most notable example has been its important role in the pre-procedural planning of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which has developed to the point that commercial software packages are commonly used for this application. More recently several novel approaches and devices have been developed for transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). Given the greater complexity of mitral valve anatomy, CT has at least an equally important role for preprocedural planning of TMVR. Similar to TAVR assessment, its utility in TMVR is multi-fold, including assessment of valve and adjacent anatomical structures, determination of accurate annulus dimensions for prosthesis sizing, vascular access planning, and prediction of fluoroscopic angles. PMID:27028331

  6. State of the mitral valve in rabbits with hypokinesia

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    Strelkovska, V. Y.

    1979-01-01

    In hypokinesia, edema of all the layers of the mitral value was observed, which resulted in morphological changes of the cellular and noncellular components. An increase in ratio of elastic and collagenic fibers in the value was also observed along with and changes in their structural and staining properties. The observed changes can limit valve mobility and can result in manifestations of cardiac valve insufficiency, which is found clinically.

  7. Surgical phantom for off-pump mitral valve replacement

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    McLeod, A. Jonathan; Moore, John; Guiraudon, Gerard M.; Jones, Doug L.; Campbell, Gordon; Peters, Terry M.

    2011-03-01

    Off-pump, intracardiac, beating heart surgery has the potential to improve patient outcomes by eliminating the need for cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic cross clamping but it requires extensive image guidance as well as the development of specialized instrumentation. Previously, developments in image guidance and instrumentation were validated on either a static phantom or in vivo through porcine models. This paper describes the design and development of a surgical phantom for simulating off-pump mitral valve replacement inside the closed beating heart. The phantom allows surgical access to the mitral annulus while mimicking the pressure inside the beating heart. An image guidance system using tracked ultrasound, magnetic instrument tracking and preoperative models previously developed for off-pump mitral valve replacement is applied to the phantom. Pressure measurements and ultrasound images confirm the phantom closely mimics conditions inside the beating heart.

  8. Surgery for congenital mitral valve disease in the first year of life.

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    Uva, M S; Galletti, L; Gayet, F L; Piot, D; Serraf, A; Bruniaux, J; Comas, J; Roussin, R; Touchot, A; Binet, J P

    1995-01-01

    Between 1980 and 1993, 20 patients less than 1 year of age underwent operations for congenital mitral valve disease. Ten patients had congenital mitral incompetence and 10 had congenital mitral stenosis. Mean age was 6.6 +/- 3.4 months and mean weight was 5.6 +/- 1.5 kg. Atrioventricular canal defects, univentricular heart, class III/IV hypoplastic left heart syndrome, discordant atrioventricular and ventriculoarterial connections, and acquired mitral valve disease were excluded. Indications for operation were intractable heart failure or severe pulmonary hypertension, or both. Associated lesions, present in 90% of the patients, had been corrected by a previous operation in seven. In congenital mitral incompetence there was normal leaflet motion (n = 3), leaflet prolapse (n = 2), and restricted leaflet motion (n = 5). In congenital mitral stenosis anatomic abnormalities were parachute mitral valve (n = 4), typical mitral stenosis (n = 3), hammock mitral valve (n = 2), and supramitral ring (n = 1). Mitral valve repair was initially performed in 19 patients and valve replacement in one with hammock valve. Concurrent repair of associated lesions was performed in 12 patients. The operative mortality rate was zero. There were six early reoperations in five patients for mitral valve replacement (n = 4), a second repair (n = 1), and prosthetic valve thrombectomy (n = 1). One late death occurred 9 months after valve replacement. Late reoperations for mitral valve replacement (n = 2), aortic valve replacement (n = 1), mitral valve repair (n = 2), subaortic stenosis resection (n = 1), and second mitral valve replacement (n = 1) were performed in five patients. Actuarial freedom from reoperation is 58.0% +/- 11.3% (70% confidence limits 46.9% to 68.9%) at 7 years. After a mean follow-up of 67.6 +/- 42.8 months, 94% of living patients are in New York Heart Association class I. Doppler echocardiographic studies among the 13 patients with a native mitral valve show mitral incompetence of greater than moderate degree in one patient and no significant residual mitral stenosis. Overall, six patients have mitral prosthetic valves with a mean transprosthetic gradient of 6.2 +/- 3.7 mm Hg. These results show that surgical treatment for congenital mitral valve disease in the first year of life can be performed with low mortality. Valve repair is a realistic goal in about 70% of patients and possibly more with increased experience. Reoperation rate is still high and is related to complexity of mitral lesions and associated anomalies, but late functional results are encouraging. PMID:7815793

  9. Mitral valve-in-valve and valve-in-ring for failing surgical bioprosthetic valves and rings.

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    Ghosh-Dastidar, Michael; Narayana, Ashok; Boix, Ricardo; Bapat, Vinayak

    2016-06-01

    The transcatheter valve-in-valve (VIV) procedure for failed aortic bioprostheses is recognized as an alternative treatment to conventional surgery in high-risk patients. This less invasive option has now been applied to failed mitral bioprostheses (VIV) or failed repairs i.e. valve-in-ring (VIR). In this emerging field, to get an optimal result, a good understanding of the design features of the failed surgical heart valve/ring, the transcatheter heart valve being used and their compatibility, is of paramount importance. Although similar in many ways to the aortic counterpart, a mitral VIV/VIR procedure can pose certain different challenges such as delayed migration and left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. This review describes the features of bioprostheses, rings and THVs relevant to a VIV/VIR procedure, and also provides guidance regarding sizing, positioning and how to avoid some of the major complications therefore improving the chances of a successful outcome. PMID:26923547

  10. Hemolytic anemia associated with heterograft replacement of the mitral valve.

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    Myers, T J; Hild, D H; Rinaldi, M J

    1978-08-01

    The first case of overt hemolytic anemia following mitral valve replacement with a porcine heterograft is reported. Cardiac catheterization failed to reveal a paravalvular leak or valvular incompetence to account for the hemolysis. Red cell traumatization by the Dacron-covered Stellite ring and stent is suggested as the cause of hemolysis with the porcine heterograft. PMID:567264

  11. Initial experience of mitral valve replacement with total preservation of both valve leaflets.

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    Dottori, V; Barberis, L; Lijoi, A; Giambuzzi, M; Maccario, M; Faveto, C

    1994-01-01

    We compared a series of 7 consecutive patients who underwent mitral valve replacement with preservation of both leaflets to a control group of 97 patients who underwent standard mitral valve replacement at our institution during the same period. Use of inotropic drugs and duration of postoperative intensive care were compared and shown to be markedly reduced in the study group; however, statistical analysis was not applied due to the small number of patients. Comparison of the available pre- and postoperative echocardiographic values showed a decrease in left ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic diameters in patients with preserved leaflets, particularly in those with mitral regurgitation of degenerative origin. PMID:8000269

  12. Mitral annulus morphologic and functional analysis using real time tridimensional echocardiography in patients submitted to unsupported mitral valve repair

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    Guedes, Marco Antnio Vieira; Pomerantzeff, Pablo Maria Alberto; Brando, Carlos Manuel de Almeida; Vieira, Marcelo Luiz Campos; Tarasoutchi, Flvio; Spinola, Pablo da Cunha; Jatene, Fbio Biscegli

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Mitral valve repair is the treatment of choice to correct mitral insufficiency, although the literature related to mitral valve annulus behavior after mitral repair without use of prosthetic rings is scarce. Objective To analyze mitral annulus morphology and function using real time tridimensional echocardiography in individuals submitted to mitral valve repair with Double Teflon technique. Methods Fourteen patients with mitral valve insufficiency secondary to mixomatous degeneration that were submitted to mitral valve repair with the Double Teflon technique were included. Thirteen patients were in FC III/IV. Patients were evaluated in preoperative period, immediate postoperative period, 6 months and 1 year after mitral repair. Statistical analysis was made by repeated measures ANOVA test and was considered statistically significant P<0.05. Results There were no deaths, reoperation due to valve dysfunction, thromboembolism or endocarditis during the study. Posterior mitral annulus demonstrated a significant reduction in immediate postoperative period (P<0.001), remaining stable during the study, and presents a mean of reduction of 25.8% comparing with preoperative period. There was a significant reduction in anteroposterior and mediolateral diameters in the immediate postoperative period (P<0.001), although there was a significant increase in mediolateral diameter between immediate postoperative period and 1 year. There was no difference in mitral internal area variation over the cardiac cycle during the study. Conclusion Segmentar annuloplasty reduced the posterior component of mitral annulus, which remained stable in a 1-year-period. The variation in mitral annulus area during cardiac cycle remained stable during the study. PMID:26313723

  13. The Heterogeneous Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of the Mitral Valve: Implications for Tissue Engineering

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    Liao, Jun

    2015-01-01

    There are very compelling reasons to develop a tissue engineered mitral valve, but this endeavor has not received the same attention as tissue engineering strategies for the semilunar valves. Challenges in regenerating a mitral valve include recapitulating the complex heterogeneity in terms of anatomy (differently sized leaflets, numerous chordae), extracellular matrix composition, biomechanical behavior, valvular interstitial cell and endothelial cell phenotypes, and interior vasculature and innervation. It will also be essential to restore the functional relationships between the native mitral valve and left ventricle. A growing amount of information relevant to tissue engineering a mitral valve has been recently collected through investigations of cell mechanobiology and collagen organization. It is hoped that the development of tissue engineered mitral valves can build on knowledge derived from engineering semilunar valves, but the mitral valve will presents its own unique challenges as investigators move towards a first generation prototype. PMID:21221857

  14. Mitral valve dimensions and motion in Marfan patients with and without mitral valve prolapse. Comparison to primary mitral valve prolapse and normal subjects.

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    Pini, R; Roman, M J; Kramer-Fox, R; Devereux, R B

    1989-10-01

    To determine mitral valve and extravalvular findings associated with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in patients with the Marfan syndrome, we compared mitral leaflet and anular dimensions and motion by computerized two-dimensional echocardiography in 53 Marfan patients (28 with M-mode echocardiographic MVP) to those in 48 adults with primary MVP and in 35 normal subjects. Mitral leaflet billowing occurred in 28 of 28 Marfan patients with M-mode MVP versus 24 of 48 with primary MVP (p less than 0.00005), 0 of 25 Marfan patients without M-mode MVP, and 0 of 35 normal subjects (both, p less than 0.0001). Billowing occurred on the first systolic frame in 8 of 28 Marfan-MVP patients, in whom posterior leaflet chordae arose abnormally from the posterior ventricular wall, and in no other subjects. These patients had large mitral valves and normal anular dynamics, whereas the remaining 20 Marfan-MVP patients had increased systolic anular expansion. Marfan-MVP patients were younger than those without MVP (29 +/- 12 vs. 38 +/- 15 years, p less than 0.02) and had lower body mass index (19.8 +/- 2.7 vs. 23.9 +/- 2.9 kg/m2, p less than 0.00005) and systolic blood pressure (120 +/- 20 vs. 133 +/- 20 mm Hg, p less than 0.05), similar to differences between primary MVP and normal subjects in body mass index (21.5 +/- 3.0 vs. 23.9 +/- 4.8 kg/m2, p less than 0.01) and systolic pressure (118 +/- 14 vs. 125 +/- 18 mm Hg, p less than 0.05). Marfan patients with and without MVP had similar arm span, arm span to height ratio, upper to lower segment ratio, and prevalence of ectopia lentis and thoracic bony abnormalities, but arachnodactyly was more frequent in those with MVP (82% and 48%, respectively; p less than 0.02). We conclude that 1) leaflet billowing occurs more uniformly in Marfan patients with MVP than in primary MVP, 2) MVP in Marfan patients may be due to either valve enlargement with distinctively abnormal chordal architecture or abnormal mitral anular distensibility, 3) Marfan patients with MVP have low body weight and systolic blood pressure, similar to primary MVP, and 4) Marfan patients with MVP more commonly have arachnodactyly but otherwise have similar skeletal and anthropometric characteristics to other Marfan patients. PMID:2791251

  15. Value of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

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    Sgouropoulou, Sophia

    2013-01-01

    The role of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has increased tremendously since its first use in 1979. Today intraoperative TEE is a class I indication for surgical mitral valve reconstruction for evaluation of mitral valve pathology, graduation of mitral regurgitation and detection of potential risk factors as well as post-repair assessment. Real-time three-dimensional TEE offers anatomical visualization of the mitral valve apparatus, fundamental for virtual surgical planning of proper annuloplasty ring size. As minimally invasive and even off-pump techniques for mitral valve repair become more popular, image guidance by intraoperative TEE will play an essential role. PMID:24349984

  16. Percutaneous mitral heart valve repair--MitraClip.

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    Doshi, Jay V; Agrawal, Sahil; Garg, Jalaj; Paudel, Rajiv; Palaniswamy, Chandrasekar; Doshi, Tina V; Gotsis, William; Frishman, William H

    2014-01-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the most common cardiac valvular disease in the United States. Approximately 4 million people have severe MR and roughly 250,000 new diagnoses of MR are made each year. Mitral valve surgery is the only treatment that prevents progression of heart failure and provides sustained symptomatic relief. Mitral valve repair is preferred over replacement for the treatment of MR because of freedom from anticoagulation, reduced long-term morbidity, reduced perioperative mortality, improved survival, and better preservation of left ventricular function compared with valve replacement. A large proportion of patients in need of valve repair or replacement do not undergo such procedures because of a perceived unacceptable perioperative risk. Percutaneous catheter-based methods for valvular pathology that parallel surgical principles for valve repair have been developed over the last few years and have been proposed as an alternate measure in high-risk patients. The MitraClip (Abbott Labs) device is one such therapy and is the subject of this review. PMID:25098200

  17. Percutaneous mitral valve repair: potential in heart failure management.

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    Hussaini, Asma; Kar, Saibal

    2010-03-01

    As a large portion of the US demographic advances into the later decades of life, the incidence of valvular heart disease is expected to increase. Mitral regurgitation (MR) caused by primary valve abnormality (degenerative) or secondary to cardiomyopathy (functional) is an important cause of heart failure. Management of valvular heart disease is expected to account for a large segment of services provided to heart failure patients. Recent years have seen a transition from surgical therapy to minimally invasive techniques, specifically percutaneous approaches for the correction of heart valve disease. The double orifice technique of mitral valve repair using the MitraClip System (Abbott Vascular, Menlo Park, CA) is one of many percutaneous approaches to treat significant MR. This technique is effective in patients with both degenerative and functional MR, reducing MR severity and improving heart failure symptoms. Broad acceptance of this percutaneous technology requires collaboration among cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in centers with superior catheter experience and knowledge of echocardiography. PMID:20425493

  18. Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Procedures: The Current State

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    Ritwick, Bhuyan; Chaudhuri, Krishanu; Crouch, Gareth; Edwards, James R. M.; Worthington, Michael; Stuklis, Robert G.

    2013-01-01

    Since its early days, cardiac surgery has typically involved large incisions with complete access to the heart and the great vessels. After the popularization of the minimally invasive techniques in general surgery, cardiac surgeons began to experiment with minimal access techniques in the early 1990s. Although the goals of minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) are fairly well established as decreased pain, shorter hospital stay, accelerated recuperation, improved cosmesis, and cost effectiveness, a strict definition of minimally invasive cardiac surgery has been more elusive. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery started with mitral valve procedures and then gradually expanded towards other valve procedures, coronary artery bypass grafting, and various types of simple congenital heart procedures. In this paper, the authors attempt to focus on the evolution, techniques, results, and the future perspective of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS). PMID:24382998

  19. Minimally invasive approach for redo mitral valve surgery

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    Cannata, Aldo; Bruschi, Giuseppe; Fratto, Pasquale; Taglieri, Corrado; Russo, Claudio Francesco; Martinelli, Luigi

    2013-01-01

    Redo cardiac surgery represents a clinical challenge due to a higher rate of peri-operative morbidity and mortality. Mitral valve re-operations can be particularly demanding in patients with patent coronary artery bypass grafts, previous aortic valve replacement, calcified aorta or complications following a previous operation (abscesses, perivalvular leaks, or thrombosis). Risk of graft injuries, hemorrhage, the presence of dense adhesions and complex valve exposure can make redo valve operations challenging through a median sternotomy. In this review article we provide an overview of minimally invasive approaches for redo mitral valve surgery discussing indications, techniques, outcomes, concerns and controversies. Scientific literature about minimally invasive approach for redo mitral surgery was reviewed with a MEDLINE search strategy combining “mitral valve” with the following terms: ‘minimally invasive’, ‘reoperation’, and ‘alternative approach’. The search was limited to the last ten years. A total of 168 papers were found using the reported search. From these, ten papers were identified to provide the best evidence on the subject. Mitral valve reoperations can be safely and effectively performed through a smaller right thoracotomy in the fourth intercostal space termed “mini” thoracotomy or “port access”. The greatest potential benefit of a right mini-thoracotomy is the avoidance of sternal re-entry and limited dissection of adhesions, avoiding the risk of injury to cardiac structures or patent grafts. Good percentages of valve repair can be achieved. Mortality is low as well as major complications. Minimally invasive procedures with an unclamped aorta have the potential to combine the benefits of minimally invasive access and continuous myocardial perfusion. Less invasive trans-catheter techniques could be considered as the natural future evolution for management of structural heart disease and mitral reoperations. The safety and efficacy of these procedures has never been compared to open reoperations in a randomized trial, although published case series and comparisons to historical cohorts suggest that they are an effective and feasible alternative. Ongoing follow-up on current series will further define these procedures and provide valuable clinical outcome data. PMID:24251029

  20. Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage occluder entrapment through mitral valve.

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    González-Santos, Jose María; Arnáiz-García, María Elena; Arribas-Jiménez, Antonio; López-Rodríguez, Javier; Rodríguez-Collado, Javier; Vargas-Fajardo, María del Carmen; Dalmau-Sorlí, María José; Bueno-Codoñer, María Encarnación; Arévalo-Abascal, R Adolfo

    2013-11-01

    We report on a 77-year-old woman in whom percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure was performed. The patient had a left atrial myxoma resection 3 years previously, and 2 years later, she suffered a transient ischemic attack. Atrial fibrillation was detected and anticoagulation therapy was established. An episode of intracranial bleeding forced interruption of anticoagulation. Thus, percutaneous LAA closure with an Amplatzer Amulet LAA Occluder (St Jude Medical) was proposed. During the procedure, the LAA occluder migrated and became trapped in the mitral valve. Secondary massive mitral regurgitation and hemodynamic instability forced emergent cardiac surgery. Successful removal of the Amplatzer Amulet LAA Occluder was achieved. PMID:24182760

  1. Role of percutaneous mitral valve repair in the contemporary management of mitral regurgitation.

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    Rana, Bushra S; Calvert, Patrick A; Punjabi, Prakash P; Hildick-Smith, David

    2015-10-01

    Percutaneous mitral valve (MV) repair has been performed in over 20,000 patients worldwide. As clinical experience in this technique grows indications for its use are being defined. Mitral regurgitation (MR) encompasses a complex heterogeneous group and its treatment is governed by determining a clear understanding of the underlying aetiology. Surgical MV repair remains the gold standard therapy for severe MR. However in select groups of high-risk surgical patients, a percutaneous approach to MV repair is establishing its role. This review gives an overview of the published data in percutaneous MV repair and its impact on the contemporary management of MR. PMID:26101091

  2. Mitral valve repair versus replacement: is it a different story for percutaneous compared to surgical valve therapy?

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    Inderbitzin, Devdas T; Taramasso, Maurizio; Nietlispach, Fabian; Maisano, Francesco

    2016-06-01

    The complementary role of mitral valve repair versus replacement is based on evidence of long-term results in open surgery. Transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement are both under rapid development but subject to clinical feasibility and first in-human short- and midterm outcome studies. The present article aims to review mitral valve repair and replacement by both techniques and to elucidate similar and potentially different aspects among the open and interventional approach. PMID:27035893

  3. Differential Aortic and Mitral Valve Interstitial Cell Mineralization and the Induction of Mineralization by Lysophosphatidylcholine In Vitro

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    Wiltz, Dena C.; Han, Richard I.; Wilson, Reid L.; Kumar, Aditya; Morrisett, Joel D.; Grande-Allen, K. Jane

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a serious condition with vast uncertainty regarding the precise mechanism leading to valve calcification. This study was undertaken to examine the role of the lipid lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) in a comparison of aortic and mitral valve cellular mineralization. Methods The proportion of LPC in differentially calcified regions of diseased aortic valves was determined using thin layer chromatography (TLC). Next, porcine valvular interstitial cells (pVICs) from the aortic (paVICs) and mitral valve (pmVICs) were cultured with LPC (10−1 – 105 nM) and analyzed for cellular mineralization, alkaline phosphatase activity (ALPa), proliferation, and apoptosis. Results TLC showed a higher percentage of LPC in calcified regions of tissue compared to non-calcified regions. In pVIC cultures, with the exception of 105 nM LPC, increasing concentrations of LPC led to an increase in phosphate mineralization. Increased levels of calcium content were exhibited at 104 nm LPC application compared to baseline controls. Compared to pmVIC cultures, paVIC cultures had greater total phosphate mineralization, ALPa, calcium content, and apoptosis, under both a baseline control and LPC-treated conditions. Conclusions This study showed that LPC has the capacity to promote pVIC calcification. Also, paVICs have a greater propensity for mineralization than pmVICs. LPC may be a key factor in the transition of the aortic valve from a healthy to diseased state. In addition, there are intrinsic differences that exist between VICs from different valves that may play a key role in heart valve pathology. PMID:25419248

  4. Review of mitral valve insufficiency: repair or replacement

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    Madesis, Athanasios; Tsakiridis, Kosmas; Katsikogiannis, Nikolaos; Machairiotis, Nikolaos; Kougioumtzi, Ioanna; Kesisis, George; Tsiouda, Theodora; Beleveslis, Thomas; Koletas, Alexander; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos

    2014-01-01

    Mitral valve (MV) dysfunction is the second-most common clinically significant form of valvular defect in adults. MV regurgitation occurs with the increasing frequency of degenerative changes of the aging process. Moreover, other causes of clinically significant MV regurgitation include cardiac ischemia, infective endocarditis and rhematic disease more frequently in less developed countries. Recent evidence suggests that the best outcomes after repair of severe degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) are achieved in asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients, who are selected for surgery soon after diagnosis on the basis of echocardiography. This review will focus on the surgical management of mitral insufficiency according to its aetiology today and will give insight to some of the perspectives that lay in the future. PMID:24672698

  5. [Severe thrombosis of bioprosthesis mitral valve after dabigatran].

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    Akgüllü, Cağdaş; Eryılmaz, Ufuk; Kurtoğlu, Tünay

    2013-09-01

    A 41-year-old female was admitted to our hospital with an unidentified source of fever, dyspnea and dizziness. Transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated severe mitral valve regurgitation, and further examination with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed a 7 mm vegetation on the anterior mitral leaflet. Blood cultures were negative, and after 45 days of empiric 12 g/day ampicillin-sulbactam therapy, the vegetation was shown to have disappeared. However, due to ongoing severe mitral regurgitation and valve deformity, a prosthetic metallic mitral valve replacement was performed. After the operation, TEE was performed again due to subfebrile fever; however, the valve was normal and blood cultures were negative. Because of the probable relapse risk of infective endocarditis, the preoperative intravenous antibiotherapy was continued for 21 days and then orally for one week. Then, she was placed on follow-up by our outpatient clinic. As her INR was highly unstable during this period and she developed new-onset subfebrile fever, she was hospitalized again, and the TEE demonstrated vegetation. Blood cultures were still negative, and a combination of vancomycin-rifampicin-gentamicin was started. While under that therapy, first stroke and after a few days recurrent trans-ischemic attack developed, and the vegetation was seen to have enlarged. Urgent valve operation was performed with a bioprosthetic mitral valve, and ampicillin-sulbactam therapy was added to her previous antibiotherapy at the suggestion of the Microbiology Department. Oral anticoagulant therapy was planned for three months; however, during the postoperative period, her INR levels were highly unstable and could not be maintained in therapeutic ranges for even two consecutive days. Adjusted dosage of dabigatran to 110 mg/bid according to renal clearance in combination with 150 mg/day aspirin was started. However, valve thrombosis and a massive stroke developed under this therapy. The thrombosis disappeared after continuous heparin infusion, and she was discharged with neurological sequelae on 150 mg/day aspirin 55 days after her last operation. During the follow-up period of four months, no other clinical events occurred. PMID:24104980

  6. Left atrial ball valve thrombus in restrictive cardiomyopathy and normal mitral valve: Loose cannon in heart.

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    Karim, Fazal; Sharma, Prafull; Bahl, Ajay

    2015-12-01

    Left atrial ball valve thrombus is an unusual condition, especially in patients with normal mitral valve. In the present case, we describe a 61-year-old female with restrictive cardiomyopathy who presented with a large left atrial ball valve thrombus, which subsequently embolized to right carotid artery and was treated with intravenous thrombolysis. This case provides useful insight into the genesis of such thrombi and highlights management dilemmas of a rare clinical problem. PMID:26688155

  7. Determination of correlation between backflow volume and mitral valve leaflet young modulus from two dimensional echocardiogram images

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    Jong, Rudiyanto P.; Osman, Kahar; Adib, M. Azrul Hisham M.

    2012-06-01

    Mitral valve prolapse without proper monitoring might lead to a severe mitral valve failure which eventually leads to a sudden death. Additional information on the mitral valve leaflet condition against the backflow volume would be an added advantage to the medical practitioner for their decision on the patients' treatment. A study on two dimensional echocardiography images has been conducted and the correlations between the backflow volume of the mitral regurgitation and mitral valve leaflet Young modulus have been obtained. Echocardiogram images were analyzed on the aspect of backflow volume percentage and mitral valve leaflet dimensions on different rates of backflow volume. Young modulus values for the mitral valve leaflet were obtained by using the principle of elastic deflection and deformation on the mitral valve leaflet. The results show that the backflow volume increased with the decrease of the mitral valve leaflet Young modulus which also indicate the condition of the mitral valve leaflet approaching failure at high backflow volumes. Mitral valve leaflet Young modulus values obtained in this study agreed with the healthy mitral valve leaflet Young modulus from the literature. This is an initial overview of the trend on the prediction of the behaviour between the fluid and the structure of the blood and the mitral valve which is extendable to a larger system of prediction on the mitral valve leaflet condition based on the available echocardiogram images.

  8. "Adjustable" artificial chordal replacement for repair of mitral valve prolapse.

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    Rankin, J Scott; Orozco, Ricardo E; Rodgers, Tracey L; Alfery, David D; Glower, Donald D

    2006-04-01

    Achieving a stable repair of mitral valve prolapse can be difficult in complex pathologies, and a 5% to 20% late reoperation rate exists with leaflet resection and reconstruction. During an 8-year period, prolapse was managed uniformly with "adjustable" Gortex (W. L. Gore & Associates Inc, Flagstaff, AZ) artificial chordal replacement and Carpentier ring annuloplasty (Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Irvine, CA), without leaflet resection. Artificial chords were placed initially in the papillary muscles, and then after ring annuloplasty they were adjusted to optimize length to the prolapsing segment(s). Of 52 patients with prolapse, 100% were repaired successfully with artificial chords. Operative mortality was 1.9%, and 4, 6, and 8-year survivals were 87%, 81%, and 71%, respectively. Only 1 of 52 patients (1.9%) experienced late failure, and this patient was re-repaired with artificial chords. Thus, "adjustable" artificial chordal replacement facilitates uniform repair of mitral valve prolapse with a low late failure rate. PMID:16564319

  9. Percutaneous mitral valve repair with MitraClip for severe functional mitral regurgitation.

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    Yeo, Khung Keong; Ding, Zee Pin; Chua, Yeow Leng; Lim, Soo Teik; Sin, Kenny Yoong Kong; Tan, Jack Wei Chieh; Chiam, Paul Toon Lim; Hwang, Nian Chih; Koh, Tian Hai

    2013-01-01

    A 67-year-old Chinese woman with comorbidities of chronic obstructive lung disease, hypertension and prior coronary artery bypass surgery presented with severe functional mitral regurgitation (MR) and severely depressed left ventricular function. She was in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II-III. Due to high surgical risk, she was referred for percutaneous treatment with the MitraClip valve repair system. This procedure is typically performed via the femoral venous system and involves a transseptal puncture. A clip is delivered to grasp the regurgitant mitral valve leaflets and reduce MR. This was performed uneventfully in our patient, with reduction of MR from 4+ to 1+. She was discharged on post-procedure Day 2 and her NYHA class improved to Class I. This was the first successful MitraClip procedure performed in Asia and represents a valuable treatment option in patients with severe MR, especially those with functional MR or those at high surgical risk. PMID:23338929

  10. Importance of preservation of chordal apparatus in mitral valve replacement.

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    Solomon, Neville A G; Pranav, S K; Naik, Dhaval; Sukumaran, Shiju

    2006-03-01

    Mitral valve replacement often involves disruption of the chordal apparatus with disturbance of the annulo-papillary continuity. This results in significant downgrading of ventricular function. Analyzes various reports to accurately assess the advantages of chordal preservation. This review briefly briefly reviews the surgical techniques. The advantages of chordal preservation are analyzed, with particular emphasis on the technical difficulties and potential complications involved. PMID:16509820

  11. Maze permutations during minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

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    2015-01-01

    Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation is most frequently done in the concomitant setting, and most commonly with mitral valve surgery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation have developed contemporaneously with techniques for minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. As in traditional surgery for atrial fibrillation, there are many different permutations of ablations for the less invasive approaches. Lesion sets can vary from simple pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) to full bi-atrial lesions that completely reproduce the traditional cut-and-sew Cox Maze III procedure with variable efficacy in restoring sinus rhythm. Additionally, treatment of the atrial appendage can be done through minimally invasive approaches without any ablation at all in an attempt to mitigate the risk of stroke. Finally, hybrid procedures combining minimally invasive surgery and catheter-based ablation are being developed that might augment surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation at the time of minimally invasive mitral valve repair. These various permutations and their results are reviewed. PMID:26539352

  12. Annular rupture leading to fatal complications in an elderly patient with calcified aortic and mitral annulus undergoing transapical aortic valve implantation.

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    Haldenwang, Peter L; Bechtel, Matthias; Schlömicher, Markus; Lindstaedt, Michael; Strauch, Justus T

    2013-08-01

    This case illustrates the awareness that must be taken of the high morphological risk due to the calcifications of both, the aortic and mitral annulus in elderly patients when performing transapical aortic valve implantation. In an 86-year-old, multimorbid woman (logistic EuroSCORE = 27%) with symptomatic aortic stenosis (annular diameter = 23.4 mm) and severe mitral annular calcification, the implantation of a 26-mm Edwards SAPIEN (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, California, United States) valve in aortic position was primary successful, with no paravalvular leakage, valve instability, or coronary malperfusion. Second, a persisting transmural bleeding led to hypovolemic shock, which could not be stabilized even after going on cardiopulmonary bypass, and the patient died in the operation room. The autopsy showed a subvalvular ventricular rupture due to a transmural perforation of the calcified fibrotic annulus during valvuloplasty. PMID:23169104

  13. Mitral valve replacement in systemic lupus erythematosus associated Libman–Sacks endocarditis

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    Akhlaq, Anam; Ali, Taimur A.; Fatimi, Saulat H.

    2015-01-01

    Libman–Sacks endocarditis, first discovered in 1924, is a cardiac manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Valvular involvement has been associated with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Mitral valve, especially its posterior leaflet, is most commonly involved. We report a case of a 34 year old woman with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and SLE, who presented with mitral valve regurgitation. The patient underwent a prosthetic mitral valve replacement, with no followup complications. We suggest mechanical valve replacement employment in the management of mitral regurgitation in Libman–Sacks endocarditis, in view of the recent medical literature and our own case report.

  14. Disc erosion in Models 103 and 104 of Beall mitral valve prostheses

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    Gmez, Ricardo; Verduras, Mara Jos; Lopez-Quintana, Alfonso; Riera, Luis; Zerolo, Ignacio; Martinez-Bordiu, Cristbal

    1981-01-01

    Three cases of severe disc variance and erosion of the Teflon-disc Beall mitral valve prosthesis (Models 103 and 104) are reported. In two patients, the Beall mitral valves were excised and replaced with two Bjrk-Shiley mitral valves. The remaining patient did not survive, and at autopsy, the lens was found at the aortic bifurcation level. Because of this potentially lethal complication, careful follow-up of patients with Beall mitral valve prostheses (Models 103 and 104) is recommended. Images PMID:15216211

  15. Mitral valve replacement in systemic lupus erythematosus associated Libman-Sacks endocarditis.

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    Akhlaq, Anam; Ali, Taimur A; Fatimi, Saulat H

    2016-04-01

    Libman-Sacks endocarditis, first discovered in 1924, is a cardiac manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Valvular involvement has been associated with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Mitral valve, especially its posterior leaflet, is most commonly involved. We report a case of a 34 year old woman with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and SLE, who presented with mitral valve regurgitation. The patient underwent a prosthetic mitral valve replacement, with no followup complications. We suggest mechanical valve replacement employment in the management of mitral regurgitation in Libman-Sacks endocarditis, in view of the recent medical literature and our own case report. PMID:27053904

  16. [Association of anorexia nervosa and mitral valve prolapse].

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    Amano, K; Sakamoto, T; Hada, Y; Hasegawa, I; Takahashi, T; Suzuki, J; Takahashi, H

    1986-01-01

    Four cases of anorexia nervosa recently encountered were reported in respect to their cardiovascular manifestations including prolapse of the cardiac valves and other poorly recognized cardiac findings. All four patients, aged 13 to 32 years, were women and had marked emaciation (35 to 44% weight loss of the ideal body weight) with typical hormone abnormalities. Chest radiographs showed a small cardiac shadow, and sinus bradycardia with low voltage was present in their electrocardiograms. One case, 13-year-old, had a mid-systolic click and occasionally a late systolic murmur, and also an abdominal continuous hum. Echocardiography including two-dimensional color flow-mapping disclosed mitral valve prolapse in all, and tricuspid valve prolapse in two. Mild to moderate pericardial effusion was noted in all between the right ventricle and diaphragm, and pericardiocentesis in one case had no effect on the valve movements. No inflammatory changes were observed in the specimen of the pericardium and also of the fluid. An association of mitral valve prolapse and anerexia nervosa was discussed based on the previous studies, but the final conclusion remains unknown. PMID:3681005

  17. A quantitative approach to the intraoperative echocardiographic assessment of the mitral valve for repair.

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    Mahmood, Feroze; Matyal, Robina

    2015-07-01

    Intraoperative echocardiography of the mitral valve has evolved from a qualitative assessment of flow-dependent variables to quantitative geometric analyses before and after repair. In addition, 3-dimensional echocardiographic data now allow for a precise assessment of mitral valve apparatus. Complex structures, such as the mitral annulus, can be interrogated comprehensively without geometric assumptions. Quantitative analyses of mitral valve apparatus are particularly valuable for identifying indices of left ventricular and mitral remodeling to establish the chronicity and severity of mitral regurgitation. This can help identify patients who may be unsuitable candidates for repair as the result of irreversible remodeling of the mitral valve apparatus. Principles of geometric analyses also have been extended to the assessment of repaired mitral valves. Changes in mitral annular shape and size determine the stress exerted on the mitral leaflets and, therefore, the durability of repair. Given this context, echocardiographers may be expected to diagnose and quantify valvular dysfunction, assess suitability for repair, assist in annuloplasty ring sizing, and determine the success and failure of the repair procedure. As a result, anesthesiologists have progressed from being mere service providers to participants in the decision-making process. It is therefore prudent for them to acquaint themselves with the principles of intraoperative quantitative mitral valve analysis to assist in rational and objective decision making. PMID:26086507

  18. Primary Cardiac T-Cell Lymphoma Localized in the Mitral Valve.

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    Motomatsu, Yuma; Oishi, Yasuhisa; Matsunaga, Shogo; Onitsuka, Hirofumi; Yamamoto, Hidetaka; Zaitsu, Eiko; Yamada, Yuichi; Kohashi, Kenichi; Oda, Yoshinao; Tominaga, Ryuji

    2016-06-01

    Primary cardiac lymphoma is a rare cardiac tumor, and usually originates from B cells and involves the right side of the heart. We present an extremely rare case of primary cardiac T-cell lymphoma involving the mitral valve alone. A 58-year-old woman who was positive for human T-cell leukemia virus 1 underwent mitral valve replacement because of severe mitral regurgitation. The postoperative pathologic diagnosis of the mitral valve was T-cell lymphoma. Further evaluation revealed no malignancy, except for the mitral valve. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of primary cardiac T-cell lymphoma localized in the mitral valve. PMID:27211945

  19. [A case report of perforated aneurysm of mitral valve with aortic regurgitation].

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    Ono, T; Iwaya, F; Igari, T; Abe, T; Hagiwara, K; Tanji, M; Satokawa, H; Watanabe, M; Midorikawa, H; Sato, Y

    1991-10-01

    The patient was a 71-year-old male who complained of palpitation and tachycardia. The echocardiogram showed a bulging of the anterior mitral valve leaflet toward the left atrium that persisted throughout cardiac cycle. The cine angiogram showed deformity of the anterior mitral valve leaflet with severe mitral regurgitation and mild aortic regurgitation. At operation, a perforated aneurysm was recognized at the anterior mitral valve leaflet without thrombus and vegetation. The size of aneurysm was 40 x 25 x 25 mm. The patient underwent MVR + AVR, and the postoperative course was uneventful. Pathological examination of the anterior mitral valve leaflet revealed scar-like fibrosis and old inflammatory change. It was judged a true aneurysm of mitral valve, because the structure of endocardium was kept. PMID:1942693

  20. Combined aortic and mitral valve replacement in an adult with Scheie's disease.

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    Butman, S M; Karl, L; Copeland, J G

    1989-07-01

    Mitral, aortic, and coronary arterial disease have been described in the various mucopolysaccharidoses. We report the first successful combined aortic and mitral valve replacement in an adult female patient with severe aortic and mitral stenosis due to Scheie's syndrome, a mucopolysaccharide storage disease. Both annulae were of sufficient integrity for good prosthetic placement, and the patient had an uneventful postoperative recovery. PMID:2500310

  1. Bacterial endocarditis, mitral regurgitation, and intra-atrial thrombosis following mitral valve replacement

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    Windsor, Harry M.; Fagan, Paul; Shanahan, Mark X.

    1968-01-01

    Bacterial endocarditis with positive blood culture occurred on six occasions in a series of 140 mitral valve replacements. In three of these, extensive detachment of the prosthesis with severe mitral incompetence resulted. Re-operation was undertaken in two of these cases. Intra-atrial thrombosis occurred twice. In three other cases, in which intra-atrial thrombosis occurred, infection was strongly suspected to have been the responsible factor. Mitral regurgitation presented no difficulty in diagnosis, as all patients had severe congestive cardiac failure and typical physical signs. Confirmation was established by cinangiography. Intra-atrial thrombosis presented difficulty in diagnosis. A persistently positive blood culture, continued pyrexia, and a history of sepsis were the most consistent and significant findings in the cases reported. The antibiotic regime described by Amoury and his colleagues has been used for the past year. There has not been a single case of bacterial endocarditis, intra-atrial thrombosis, or wound infection in 120 consecutive valve replacements on this regime. Because of the high mortality associated with intra-atrial thrombosis, and the close association between endocarditis and thrombosis, the presence of endocarditis with or without regurgitation might well be a compelling reason for re-operation. The mortality from these complications could, we believe, be reduced by the use of a more extensive antibiotic cover and a more vigorous attitude to surgical intervention. We have not had to consider re-operation since adopting the policy outlined, as these complications have not occurred. Images PMID:5637494

  2. Value of Robotically Assisted Surgery for Mitral Valve Disease

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    Mihaljevic, Tomislav; Koprivanac, Marijan; Kelava, Marta; Goodman, Avi; Jarrett, Craig; Williams, Sarah J.; Gillinov, A. Marc; Bajwa, Gurjyot; Mick, Stephanie L.; Bonatti, Johannes; Blackstone, Eugene H.

    2014-01-01

    Importance The value of robotically assisted surgery for mitral valve disease is questioned because the high cost of care associated with robotic technology may outweigh its clinical benefits. Objective To investigate conditions under which benefits of robotic surgery mitigate high technology costs. Design Clinical cohort study comparing costs of robotic vs. three contemporaneous conventional surgical approaches for degenerative mitral disease. Surgery was performed from 2006–2011, and comparisons were based on intent-to-treat, with propensity-matching used to reduce selection bias. Setting Large multi-specialty academic medical center. Participants 1,290 patients aged 57±11 years, 27% women, underwent mitral repair for regurgitation from posterior leaflet prolapse. Robotic surgery was used in 473, complete sternotomy in 227, partial sternotomy in 349, and anterolateral thoracotomy in 241. Three propensity-matched groups were formed based on demographics, symptoms, cardiac and noncardiac comorbidities, valve pathophysiology, and echocardiographic measurements: robotic vs. sternotomy (n=198 pairs) vs. partial sternotomy (n=293 pairs) vs. thoracotomy (n=224 pairs). Interventions Mitral valve repair. Main Outcome Measures Cost of care, expressed as robotic capital investment, maintenance, and direct technical hospital cost, and benefit of care, based on differences in recovery time. Results Median cost of care for robotically assisted surgery exceeded the cost of alternative approaches by 27% (−5%, 68%), 32% (−6%, 70%), and 21% (−2%, 54%) (median [15th, 85th percentiles]) for complete sternotomy, partial sternotomy, and anterolateral thoracotomy, respectively. Higher operative costs were partially offset by lower postoperative costs and earlier return to work: median 35 days for robotic surgery, 49 for complete sternotomy, 56 for partial sternotomy, and 42 for anterolateral thoracotomy. Resulting net differences in cost of robotic surgery vs. the three alternatives were 16% (−15%, 55%), 16% (−19%, 51%), and 15% (−7%, 49%), respectively. Beyond a volume threshold of 55–100 robotic cases per year, confidence limits for the cost of robotic surgery broadly overlapped those of conventional approaches. Conclusions In exchange for higher procedural costs, robotically assisted mitral valve surgery offers the clinical benefit of least invasive surgery, lowest postoperative cost, and fastest return to work. The value of robotically assisted surgery comparable to conventional approaches can only be realized in high-volume centers. PMID:24848944

  3. Floppy mitral valve (FMV)/mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and the FMV/MVP syndrome: pathophysiologic mechanisms and pathogenesis of symptoms.

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    Boudoulas, Konstantinos Dean; Boudoulas, Harisios

    2013-01-01

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) results from the systolic movement of a portion or segments of the mitral valve leaflets into the left atrium during left ventricular systole. It is well appreciated today that floppy mitral valve (FMV) is the central issue in the MVP and mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) story. The term FMV refers to the expansion of the area of the mitral valve leaflets with elongated chordae tendineae, chordae rupture and mitral annular dilation. FMV/MVP occurs in a heterogeneous group of patients with a wide spectrum of mitral valve involvement from mild to severe. Two types of symptoms can be defined in FMV/MVP patients. In one group of patients, symptoms are directly related to progressive MVR. In the other group, symptoms cannot be explained by the degree of MVR alone; activation of the autonomic nervous system has been implicated for the explanation of symptoms in this group of patients which is referred to as the FMV/MVP syndrome. In this brief review, the natural history, pathophysiologic mechanisms and management of patients with FMV/MVP/MVR and FMV/MVP syndrome are discussed. PMID:23942374

  4. Fenfluramine Disrupts the Mitral Valve Interstitial Cell Response to Serotonin

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    Connolly, Jeanne M.; Bakay, Marina A.; Fulmer, James T.; Gorman, Robert C.; Gorman, Joseph H.; Oyama, Mark A.; Levy, Robert J.

    2009-01-01

    Serotonin (5HT) receptor signaling and 5HT-related agents, such as the anorexogen fenfluramine (Fen), have been associated with heart valve disease. We investigated the hypothesis that Fen may disrupt mitral valve interstitial cell (MVIC) homeostasis through its effects on mitogenesis and extracellular matrix biosynthesis. Normal and myxomatous mitral valves, both human and canine, were harvested, and primary MVIC cultures were established. 5HT caused increased phosphorylation of extracellular signal-related kinase in MVIC; Fen alone did not. However, Fen combined with 5HT increased the level of MVIC extracellular signal-related kinase, when compared with 5HT alone. In addition, MVIC mitogenesis per 3H-thymidine (3HTdR) demonstrated a 5HT dose-dependent increase, with no effect of Fen alone. In contrast, Fen combined with 5HT inhibited the MVIC 3HTdR response when compared with 5HT alone. Furthermore, fluoxetine, a 5HT transporter inhibitor, while having no effect alone, suppressed Fen-5HT 3HTdR inhibition when administered with Fen plus 5HT. Finally, MVIC incorporations of 3H-proline and 3H-glucosamine, measures of extracellular matrix collagen and glycosaminoglycan respectively, were increased with 5HT alone; however, Fen did not affect MVIC glycosaminoglycan or collagen either alone or in combination with 5HT. Taken together, the ratios of 3H-proline or 3H-glycosaminoglycan to 3HTdR in MVIC, normalized to 5HT alone, demonstrated a significant imbalance of extracellular matrix production versus proliferation in MVIC cultures with Fen plus 5HT exposure. This imbalance may explain in part the pathophysiology of Fen-related mitral valve disease. PMID:19679875

  5. The "loop with anchor" technique to repair mitral valve prolapse.

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    Isoda, Susumu; Osako, Motohiko; Kimura, Tamizo; Mashiko, Yuji; Yamanaka, Nozomu; Nakamura, Shingo; Maehara, Tadaaki

    2012-01-01

    The current surgical technique of using an artificial chord (composed of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene [ePTFE] sutures) to repair mitral prolapse is technically difficult to perform. Slippery knot tying and the difficulty of changing the chordae length after the hydrostatic test are frustrating problems. The loop technique solves the problem of slippery knot tying but not the problem of changing the chordae length. Our "loop with anchor" technique consists of the following elements: construction of an anchor at the papillary muscle; determining the loop length; tying the loop to the anchor; suturing the loop to the mitral valve; the hydrostatic test; and re-suturing or changing the loop, if needed. Adjustments can be made for the entire procedure or for a portion of the procedure. PMID:22156285

  6. Mitral stenosis

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    Mitral valve obstruction ... chambers of your heart must flow through a valve. The valve between the two chambers on the left side of your heart is called the mitral valve. It opens up enough so that blood can ...

  7. Starr-Edwards valves at the aortic and mitral positions implanted for 39 years.

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    Misawa, Shun-ichi; Aizawa, Kei; Kaminishi, Yuichiro; Muraoka, Arata; Misawa, Yoshio

    2011-06-01

    Cloth-covered Starr-Edwards caged ball valves implanted in the aortic and mitral valve positions for 39 years were extracted. Both showed valve dysfunction resulting from pannus overgrowth. The metal cages of the Starr-Edwards valves were covered with worn cloth. This case indicates the extended durability of Starr-Edwards valves and the importance of the design and materials of prosthetic heart valves to avoid pannus overgrowth and prosthetic valve abrasion. PMID:21674313

  8. Hemodynamics and Mechanobiology of Aortic Valve Inflammation and Calcification

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    Balachandran, Kartik; Sucosky, Philippe; Yoganathan, Ajit P.

    2011-01-01

    Cardiac valves function in a mechanically complex environment, opening and closing close to a billion times during the average human lifetime, experiencing transvalvular pressures and pulsatile and oscillatory shear stresses, as well as bending and axial stress. Although valves were originally thought to be passive pieces of tissue, recent evidence points to an intimate interplay between the hemodynamic environment and biological response of the valve. Several decades of study have been devoted to understanding these varied mechanical stimuli and how they might induce valve pathology. Here, we review efforts taken in understanding the valvular response to its mechanical milieu and key insights gained from in vitro and ex vivo whole-tissue studies in the mechanobiology of aortic valve remodeling, inflammation, and calcification. PMID:21760982

  9. Transcatheter implantation of a CoreValve aortic prosthesis in a patient with a ball-cage mechanical mitral valve.

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    Gedikli, Omer; Kutlu, Merih; Civelek, Ali; Ince, Huseyin

    2013-09-01

    Although transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been performed successfully in patients with aortic stenosis and a mechanical mitral valve, to the present authors' knowledge only one report has been made of this being achieved in a patient with a ball-cage-type mechanical mitral valve. In the present case, as the cage section of the mechanical valve was inclined towards the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT), there was a risk of interaction between the prosthesis and mechanical valve during the TAVI procedure. The successful implementation is described of a self-expandable aortic prosthesis in a patient with a ball-cage-type mechanical valve inclined towards the LVOT. PMID:24383383

  10. Predicting Acute Kidney Injury Following Mitral Valve Repair

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    Chang, Chih-Hsiang; Lee, Cheng-Chia; Chen, Shao-Wei; Fan, Pei-Chun; Chen, Yung-Chang; Chang, Su-Wei; Chen, Tien-Hsing; Wu, Victor Chien-Chia; Lin, Pyng-Jing; Tsai, Feng-Chun

    2016-01-01

    Background: Acute kidney injury (AKI) after cardiac surgery is associated with short-term and long-term adverse outcomes. Novel biomarkers have been identified for the early detection of AKI; however, examining these in every patient who undergoes cardiac surgery is prohibitively expensive. Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and Age, Creatinine, and Ejection Fraction (ACEF) scores have been proven to predict mortality in bypass surgery. The aim of this study was to determine whether these scores can be used to predict AKI after mitral valve repair. Materials and Methods: Between January 2010 and December 2013, 196 patients who underwent mitral valve repair were enrolled. The clinical characteristics, outcomes, and scores of prognostic models were collected. The primary outcome was postoperative AKI, defined using the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcome 2012 clinical practice guidelines for AKI. Results: A total of 76 patients (38.7%) developed postoperative AKI. The STS renal failure (AUROC: 0.797, P < .001) and ACEF scores (AUROC: 0.758, P < .001) are both satisfactory tools for predicting all AKI. The STS renal failure score exhibited superior accuracy compared with the ACEF score in predicting AKI stage 2 and 3. The overall accuracy of both scores was similar for all AKI and AKI stage 2 and 3 when the cut-off points of the STS renal failure and ACEF scores were 2.2 and 1.1, respectively. Conclusion: In conclusion, the STS renal failure score can be used to accurately predict stage 2 and 3 AKI after mitral valve repair. The ACEF score is a simple tool with satisfactory power in screening patients at risk of all AKI stages. Additional studies can aim to determine the clinical implications of combining preoperative risk stratification and novel biomarkers. PMID:26816491

  11. Placement of Neochords in Mitral Valve Repair: Enhanced Exposure of the Papillary Muscles Using a Standard Valve Sizer.

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    Erlebach, Magdalena; Lange, Ruediger; Mazzitelli, Domenico

    2016-01-01

    Minimally invasive mitral valve repair with placement of artificial chordae for mitral valve regurgitation has become the standard of care. In some cases, such as Barlow's disease or bileaflet prolapse, papillary muscle exposure may be difficult. By using a valve sizer to retract both leaflets, visualization can be optimized, thus simplifying suture placement and thereby minimizing cross-clamp and cardiopulmonary bypass times. This technique is simple, is cost effective, and can be applied quickly. PMID:26694289

  12. Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation during Mitral-Valve Surgery

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    Gillinov, A. Marc; Gelijns, Annetine C.; Parides, Michael K.; DeRose, Joseph J.; Moskowitz, Alan J.; Voisine, Pierre; Ailawadi, Gorav; Bouchard, Denis; Smith, Peter K.; Mack, Michael J.; Acker, Michael A.; Mullen, John C.; Rose, Eric A.; Chang, Helena L.; Puskas, John D.; Couderc, Jean-Philippe; Gardner, Timothy J.; Varghese, Robin; Horvath, Keith A.; Bolling, Steven F.; Michler, Robert E.; Geller, Nancy L.; Ascheim, Deborah D.; Miller, Marissa A.; Bagiella, Emilia; Moquete, Ellen G.; Williams, Paula; Taddei-Peters, Wendy C.; O’Gara, Patrick T.; Blackstone, Eugene H.; Argenziano, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Background Among patients undergoing mitral-valve surgery, 30 to 50% present with atrial fibrillation, which is associated with reduced survival and increased risk of stroke. Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation has been widely adopted, but evidence regarding its safety and effectiveness is limited. Methods We randomly assigned 260 patients with persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation who required mitral-valve surgery to undergo either surgical ablation (ablation group) or no ablation (control group) during the mitral-valve operation. Patients in the ablation group underwent further randomization to pulmonary-vein isolation or a biatrial maze procedure. All patients underwent closure of the left atrial appendage. The primary end point was freedom from atrial fibrillation at both 6 months and 12 months (as assessed by means of 3-day Holter monitoring). Results More patients in the ablation group than in the control group were free from atrial fibrillation at both 6 and 12 months (63.2% vs. 29.4%, P<0.001). There was no significant difference in the rate of freedom from atrial fibrillation between patients who underwent pulmonary-vein isolation and those who underwent the biatrial maze procedure (61.0% and 66.0%, respectively; P = 0.60). One-year mortality was 6.8% in the ablation group and 8.7% in the control group (hazard ratio with ablation, 0.76; 95% confidence interval, 0.32 to 1.84; P = 0.55). Ablation was associated with more implantations of a permanent pacemaker than was no ablation (21.5 vs. 8.1 per 100 patient-years, P = 0.01). There were no significant between-group differences in major cardiac or cerebrovascular adverse events, overall serious adverse events, or hospital readmissions. Conclusions The addition of atrial fibrillation ablation to mitral-valve surgery significantly increased the rate of freedom from atrial fibrillation at 1 year among patients with persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation, but the risk of implantation of a permanent pacemaker was also increased. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00903370.) PMID:25853744

  13. An Isolated Congenital Left Ventricular Diverticulum with Mitral Valve Endocarditis.

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    Jiang, Bo; Yang, Yi-Feng; Wang, Xi; Xiong, Lian; Huang, Can; Gong, Liang-Hui

    2016-03-01

    Congenital left ventricular diverticulum is a rare cardiac malformation, which could result in rupture, thrombosis, congestive heart failure, infective endocarditis, ventricular arrhythmia and aortic insufficiency. Most authors propose that patients who are symptomatic and have a higher risk for major complications should undergo surgical treatment. We present a case of isolated congenital left ventricular diverticulum with mitral valve infective endocarditis and anomalous single coronary artery observed intra-operatively. The patient underwent successful surgical repair of the diverticulum by continuous suture of the internal opening inside the left ventricle. PMID:26572256

  14. FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION MODELS OF THE MITRAL VALVE: FUNCTION IN NORMAL AND PATHOLOGIC STATES

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    Kunzelman, K. S.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Cochran, R. P.

    2007-08-29

    Successful mitral valve repair is dependent upon a full understanding of normal and abnormal mitral valve anatomy and function. Computational analysis is one such method that can be applied to simulate mitral valve function in order to analyze the roles of individual components, and evaluate proposed surgical repair. We developed the first three-dimensional, finite element (FE) computer model of the mitral valve including leaflets and chordae tendineae, however, one critical aspect that has been missing until the last few years was the evaluation of fluid flow, as coupled to the function of the mitral valve structure. We present here our latest results for normal function and specific pathologic changes using a fluid-structure interaction (FSI) model. Normal valve function was first assessed, followed by pathologic material changes in collagen fiber volume fraction, fiber stiffness, fiber splay, and isotropic stiffness. Leaflet and chordal stress and strain, and papillary muscle force was determined. In addition, transmitral flow, time to leaflet closure, and heart valve sound were assessed. Model predictions in the normal state agreed well with a wide range of available in-vivo and in-vitro data. Further, pathologic material changes that preserved the anisotropy of the valve leaflets were found to preserve valve function. By contrast, material changes that altered the anisotropy of the valve were found to profoundly alter valve function. The addition of blood flow and an experimentally driven microstructural description of mitral tissue represent significant advances in computational studies of the mitral valve, which allow further insight to be gained. This work is another building block in the foundation of a computational framework to aid in the refinement and development of a truly noninvasive diagnostic evaluation of the mitral valve. Ultimately, it represents the basis for simulation of surgical repair of pathologic valves in a clinical and educational setting.

  15. Perinatal Changes in Mitral and Aortic Valve Structure and Composition

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    Stephens, Elizabeth H.; Post, Allison D.; Laucirica, Daniel R.; Grande-Allen, K. Jane

    2015-01-01

    At birth, the mechanical environment of valves changes radically as fetal shunts close and pulmonary and systemic vascular resistances change. Given that valves are reported to be mechanosensitive, we investigated remodeling induced by perinatal changes by examining compositional and structural differences of aortic and mitral valves (AVs, MVs) between 2-day-old and 3rd fetal trimester porcine valves using immunohistochemistry and Movat pentachrome staining. Aortic valve composition changed more with birth than the MV, consistent with a greater change in AV hemodynamics. At 2 days, AV demonstrated a trend of greater versican and elastin (P = 0.055), as well as greater hyaluronan turnover (hyaluronan receptor for endocytosis, P = 0.049) compared with the 3rd-trimester samples. The AVs also demonstrated decreases in proteins related to collagen synthesis and fibrillogenesis with birth, including procollagen I, prolyl 4-hydroxylase, biglycan (all P ≤ 0.005), and decorin (P = 0.059, trend). Both AVs and MVs demonstrated greater delineation between the leaflet layers in 2-day-old compared with 3rd-trimester samples, and AVs demonstrated greater saffron-staining collagen intensity, suggesting more mature collagen in 2-day-old compared with 3rd-trimester samples (each P < 0.05). The proportion of saffron-staining collagen also increased in AV with birth (P < 0.05). The compositional and structural changes that occur with birth, as noted in this study, likely are important to proper neonatal valve function. Furthermore, normal perinatal changes in hemodynamics often do not occur in congenital valve disease; the corresponding perinatal matrix maturation may also be lacking and could contribute to poor function of congenitally malformed valves. PMID:20536360

  16. Differential MicroRNA Expression Profile in Myxomatous Mitral Valve Prolapse and Fibroelastic Deficiency Valves

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    Chen, Yei-Tsung; Wang, Juan; Wee, Abby S. Y.; Yong, Quek-Wei; Tay, Edgar Lik-Wui; Woo, Chin Cheng; Sorokin, Vitaly; Richards, Arthur Mark; Ling, Lieng-Hsi

    2016-01-01

    Myxomatous mitral valve prolapse (MMVP) and fibroelastic deficiency (FED) are two common variants of degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD), which is a leading cause of mitral regurgitation worldwide. While pathohistological studies have revealed differences in extracellular matrix content in MMVP and FED, the molecular mechanisms underlying these two disease entities remain to be elucidated. By using surgically removed valvular specimens from MMVP and FED patients that were categorized on the basis of echocardiographic, clinical and operative findings, a cluster of microRNAs that expressed differentially were identified. The expressions of has-miR-500, -3174, -17, -1193, -646, -1273e, -4298, -203, -505, and -939 showed significant differences between MMVP and FED after applying Bonferroni correction (p < 0.002174). The possible involvement of microRNAs in the pathogenesis of DMVD were further suggested by the presences of in silico predicted target sites on a number of genes reported to be involved in extracellular matrix homeostasis and marker genes for cellular composition of mitral valves, including decorin (DCN), aggrecan (ACAN), fibromodulin (FMOD), α actin 2 (ACTA2), extracellular matrix protein 2 (ECM2), desmin (DES), endothelial cell specific molecule 1 (ESM1), and platelet/ endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM1), as well as inverse correlations of selected microRNA and mRNA expression in MMVP and FED groups. Our results provide evidence that distinct molecular mechanisms underlie MMVP and FED. Moreover, the microRNAs identified may be targets for the future development of diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutics. PMID:27213335

  17. Mitral valve function following ischemic cardiomyopathy: a biomechanical perspective

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    Rim, Yonghoon; McPherson, David D.; Kim, Hyunggun

    2014-01-01

    Ischemic mitral valve (MV) is a common complication of pathologic remodeling of the left ventricle due to acute and chronic coronary artery diseases. It frequently represents the pathologic consequences of increased tethering forces and reduced coaptation of the MV leaflets. Ischemic MV function has been investigated from a biomechanical perspective using finite element-based computational MV evaluation techniques. A virtual 3D MV model was created utilizing 3D echocardiographic data in a patient with normal MV. Two types of ischemic MVs containing asymmetric medial-dominant or symmetric leaflet tenting were modeled by altering the configuration of the normal papillary muscle (PM) locations. Computational simulations of MV function were performed using dynamic finite element methods, and biomechanical information across the MV apparatus was evaluated. The ischemic MV with medial-dominant leaflet tenting demonstrated distinct large stress distributions in the posteromedial commissural region due to the medial PM displacement toward the apical-medial direction resulting in a lack of leaflet coaptation. In the ischemic MV with balanced leaflet tenting, mitral incompetency with incomplete leaflet coaptation was clearly identified all around the paracommissural regions. This computational MV evaluation strategy has the potential for improving diagnosis of ischemic mitral regurgitation and treatment of ischemic MVs. PMID:24211876

  18. Mitral valve function following ischemic cardiomyopathy: a biomechanical perspective.

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    Rim, Yonghoon; McPherson, David D; Kim, Hyunggun

    2014-01-01

    Ischemic mitral valve (MV) is a common complication of pathologic remodeling of the left ventricle due to acute and chronic coronary artery diseases. It frequently represents the pathologic consequences of increased tethering forces and reduced coaptation of the MV leaflets. Ischemic MV function has been investigated from a biomechanical perspective using finite element-based computational MV evaluation techniques. A virtual 3D MV model was created utilizing 3D echocardiographic data in a patient with normal MV. Two types of ischemic MVs containing asymmetric medial-dominant or symmetric leaflet tenting were modeled by altering the configuration of the normal papillary muscle (PM) locations. Computational simulations of MV function were performed using dynamic finite element methods, and biomechanical information across the MV apparatus was evaluated. The ischemic MV with medial-dominant leaflet tenting demonstrated distinct large stress distributions in the posteromedial commissural region due to the medial PM displacement toward the apical-medial direction resulting in a lack of leaflet coaptation. In the ischemic MV with balanced leaflet tenting, mitral incompetency with incomplete leaflet coaptation was clearly identified all around the paracommissural regions. This computational MV evaluation strategy has the potential for improving diagnosis of ischemic mitral regurgitation and treatment of ischemic MVs. PMID:24211876

  19. Perioperative management of patient with Bombay blood group undergoing mitral valve replacement

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    Priye, Shio; Sathyanarayan, J; Shivaprakash, S; Reddy, Durgaprasad

    2015-01-01

    Bombay red blood cell phenotype is an extremely rare blood type for which patients can receive only autologous or Bombay phenotype red blood cells. We report a case of stenotic mitral valve with Bombay phenotype who underwent minimal invasive right lateral thoracotomy for the replacement of the mitral valve. A male patient from Bangladesh presented to the hospital with New York Heart Association III symptoms. His medical evaluation revealed severe mitral valve stenosis and mild aortic valve regurgitation. The patient received erythropoietin, intravenous iron succinate and folic acid tablets. Autologous blood transfusion was carried out. The mitral valve was replaced with a prosthetic valve successfully. After weaning off from cardiopulmonary bypass, heparinisation was corrected with protamine. Post-operatively, the patient received autologous red blood cells. The patient recovered after 1-day of inotropic support with adrenaline and milrinone, and diuretics and was discharged on the 5th post-operative day. PMID:26903676

  20. Dynamic heart phantom with functional mitral and aortic valves

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    Vannelli, Claire; Moore, John; McLeod, Jonathan; Ceh, Dennis; Peters, Terry

    2015-03-01

    Cardiac valvular stenosis, prolapse and regurgitation are increasingly common conditions, particularly in an elderly population with limited potential for on-pump cardiac surgery. NeoChord©, MitraClipand numerous stent-based transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) devices provide an alternative to intrusive cardiac operations; performed while the heart is beating, these procedures require surgeons and cardiologists to learn new image-guidance based techniques. Developing these visual aids and protocols is a challenging task that benefits from sophisticated simulators. Existing models lack features needed to simulate off-pump valvular procedures: functional, dynamic valves, apical and vascular access, and user flexibility for different activation patterns such as variable heart rates and rapid pacing. We present a left ventricle phantom with these characteristics. The phantom can be used to simulate valvular repair and replacement procedures with magnetic tracking, augmented reality, fluoroscopy and ultrasound guidance. This tool serves as a platform to develop image-guidance and image processing techniques required for a range of minimally invasive cardiac interventions. The phantom mimics in vivo mitral and aortic valve motion, permitting realistic ultrasound images of these components to be acquired. It also has a physiological realistic left ventricular ejection fraction of 50%. Given its realistic imaging properties and non-biodegradable composition—silicone for tissue, water for blood—the system promises to reduce the number of animal trials required to develop image guidance applications for valvular repair and replacement. The phantom has been used in validation studies for both TAVI image-guidance techniques1, and image-based mitral valve tracking algorithms2.

  1. Personalized Computational Modeling of Mitral Valve Prolapse: Virtual Leaflet Resection

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    Rim, Yonghoon; Choi, Ahnryul; McPherson, David D.; Kim, Hyunggun

    2015-01-01

    Posterior leaflet prolapse following chordal elongation or rupture is one of the primary valvular diseases in patients with degenerative mitral valves (MVs). Quadrangular resection followed by ring annuloplasty is a reliable and reproducible surgical repair technique for treatment of posterior leaflet prolapse. Virtual MV repair simulation of leaflet resection in association with patient-specific 3D echocardiographic data can provide quantitative biomechanical and physiologic characteristics of pre- and post-resection MV function. We have developed a solid personalized computational simulation protocol to perform virtual MV repair using standard clinical guidelines of posterior leaflet resection with annuloplasty ring implantation. A virtual MV model was created using 3D echocardiographic data of a patient with posterior chordal rupture and severe mitral regurgitation. A quadrangle-shaped leaflet portion in the prolapsed posterior leaflet was removed, and virtual plication and suturing were performed. An annuloplasty ring of proper size was reconstructed and virtual ring annuloplasty was performed by superimposing the ring and the mitral annulus. Following the quadrangular resection and ring annuloplasty simulations, patient-specific annular motion and physiologic transvalvular pressure gradient were implemented and dynamic finite element simulation of MV function was performed. The pre-resection MV demonstrated a substantial lack of leaflet coaptation which directly correlated with the severe mitral regurgitation. Excessive stress concentration was found along the free marginal edge of the posterior leaflet involving the chordal rupture. Following the virtual resection and ring annuloplasty, the severity of the posterior leaflet prolapse markedly decreased. Excessive stress concentration disappeared over both anterior and posterior leaflets, and complete leaflet coaptation was effectively restored. This novel personalized virtual MV repair strategy has great potential to help with preoperative selection of the patient-specific optimal MV repair techniques, allow innovative surgical planning to expect improved efficacy of MV repair with more predictable outcomes, and ultimately provide more effective medical care for the patient. PMID:26103002

  2. Kingella kingae endocarditis: A rare case of mitral valve perforation.

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    Holmes, Anthony A; Hung, Tawny; Human, Derek G; Campbell, Andrew I M

    2011-07-01

    Kingella kingae, a HACEK (Haemophilus parainfluenzae, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Aggregatibacter aphrophilus, Cardiobacterium hominis, Eikenella corrodens, Kingella kingae) organism, is a common resident of the upper airway in children; it has been associated with endocarditis in children with pre-existing heart conditions. This case report describes K. kingae endocarditis leading to valvular damage in a previously healthy 18-month-old child. Our patient developed a K. kingae bacteremia that was later complicated by meningitis, septic embolic stroke, and endocarditis of the mitral valve, leading to perforation of the posterolateral leaflet. The patient was initially treated conservatively with cefotaxime but, subsequently, required a mitral valve repair with a pericardial patch and annuloplasty. This report draws attention to the need for clinicians to be aware of the potentially serious complications of K. kingae infection in young children. If K. kingae infection is suspected then therapy should be initiated promptly with a β-lactam, followed by early echocardiographic assessment. This case also highlights the lack of specific guidelines available for K. kingae endocarditis. PMID:21976892

  3. Mitral valve regurgitation due to annular dilatation caused by a huge and floating left atrial myxoma

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    Ersoy, Burak; Yeniterzi, Mehmet

    2015-01-01

    We describe a case of mitral valve annular dilatation caused by a huge left atrial myxoma obstructing the mitral valve orifice. A 50-year-old man presenting with palpitation was found to have a huge left atrial myxoma protruding into the left ventricle during diastole, causing severe mitral regurgitation. The diagnosis was made with echocardiogram. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a solid mass of 75 × 55 mm. During operation, the myxoma was completely removed from its attachment in the atrium. We preferred to place a mechanical heart valve after an annuloplasty ring because of severely dilated mitral annulus and chordae elongation. The patient had an uneventful recovery. Our case suggests that immediate surgery, careful evaluation of mitral valve annulus preoperatively is recommended. PMID:26702283

  4. In vitro Models of Aortic Valve Calcification: Solidifying a System

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    Bowler, Meghan A.; Merryman, W. David

    2014-01-01

    Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) affects 25% of people over 65, and the late-stage stenotic state can only be treated with total valve replacement, requiring 85,000 surgeries annually in the US alone [1]. As CAVD is an age-related disease, many of the affected patients are unable to undergo the open-chest surgery that is its only current cure. This challenge motivates the elucidation of the mechanisms involved in calcification, with the eventual goal of alternative preventative and therapeutic strategies. There is no sufficient animal model of CAVD, so we turn to potential in vitro models. In general, in vitro models have the advantages of shortened experiment time and better control over multiple variables compared to in vivo models. As with all models, the hypothesis being tested dictates the most important characteristics of the in vivo physiology to recapitulate. Here, we collate the relevant pieces of designing and evaluating aortic valve calcification so that investigators can more effectively draw significant conclusions from their results. PMID:25249188

  5. Morphological and Chemical Study of Pathological Deposits in Human Aortic and Mitral Valve Stenosis: A Biomineralogical Contribution

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    Cottignoli, Valentina; Salvador, Loris; Valfré, Carlo

    2015-01-01

    Aim of this study was to investigate heart valve calcification process by different biomineralogical techniques to provide morphological and chemical features of the ectopic deposit extracted from patients with severe mitral and aortic valve stenosis, to better evaluate this pathological process. Polarized light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy analyses brought to light the presence of nodular and massive mineralization forms characterized by different levels of calcification, as well as the presence of submicrometric calcified globular cluster, micrometric cavities containing disorganized tissue structures, and submillimeter pockets formed by organic fibers very similar to amyloid formations. Electron microprobe analyses showed variable concentrations of Ca and P within each deposit and the highest content of Ca and P within calcified tricuspid aortic valves, while powder X-ray diffraction analyses indicated in the nanometer range the dimension of the pathological bioapatite crystals. These findings indicated the presence of highly heterogeneous deposits within heart valve tissues and suggested a progressive maturation process with continuous changes in the composition of the valvular tissue, similar to the multistep formation process of bone tissue. Moreover the micrometric cavities represent structural stages of the valve tissue that immediately precedes the formation of heavily mineralized deposits such as bone-like nodules. PMID:25685595

  6. Anatomically complete heterograft mitral valve substitute: surgical technique and immediate results.

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    Vrandecic, M; Gontijo, B F; Fantini, F A; Gutierrez, C; Silva, J A; Barbosa, J T; Andrade, C A

    1992-11-01

    The use of a totally anatomical mitral valve heterograft as a mitral valve substitute has been proven to be technically feasible. A new stentless mitral porcine heart valve substitute was therefore developed to match the physiology and flow characteristics of the left ventricle and mitral valve complex, and tested in non-survival animal experiments. Having sought the approval of the Hospital Ethics Committee and the consent of each individual patient, this valve was implanted into 18 patients with diseased mitral valves. The duration of the procedure is approximately the same as for standard mitral valve replacement. The sizing of the valve and the anchoring of the sutures to the papillary muscle, although very straightforward, do require adherence to a protocol. The immediate clinical results are encouraging, although the first patient required a reoperation because of a patient/valve mismatch. All patients, including the patient reoperated, are in functional class I after four to 26 weeks of follow up. The patients will be followed by monthly clinical and Doppler echocardiographic examinations, as they have been so far, for the next 12 months, and annually thereafter. PMID:1341638

  7. Mitral valve prolapse and joint hypermobility: evidence for a systemic connective tissue abnormality?

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    Pitcher, D; Grahame, R

    1982-01-01

    Clinical evidence for an abnormally of extracardiac connective tissue was sought in 21 patients with idiopathic mitral valve prolapse and was compared to that in 21 matched controls. The incidence of rheumatic and orthopaedic complaints and the prevalence of hypermobile joints, Marfanoid habitus, and skeletal deformity were compared in the 2 groups. Skin thickness and elasticity were measured, and the mean values in the 2 groups were compared. hypermobile joints were significantly commoner in patients with mitral valve prolapse. Easy bruising was reported significantly more commonly by patients with mitral prolapse; the incidence of other rheumatic complaints was similar in the 2 groups. There was no significant difference in skin thickness, skin elasticity, and the prevalence of either skeletal deformity or Marfanoid habitus between patients with mitral valve prolapse and controls. The results support previous evidence of an association between mitral valve prolapse and benign hypermobility of the joints, but emphasise that many patients with mitral valve prolapse have no clinically apparent connective tissue abnormality outside the heart. It remains uncertain whether the valve lesion in these patients represents a tissue-specific abnormality of mitral valve collagen or the only clinical expression of a minor systemic connective tissue abnormality. PMID:7114917

  8. A tale of two pressures: a case of pseudo-prosthetic mitral valve stenosis.

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    Bokhari, Syed S I; O'Neill, William W; Cohen, Mauricio G

    2011-12-01

    We present a case of an 83-year-old female with past medical history of rheumatic fever associated mitral stenosis for which she underwent mitral commissurotomy 25 years prior to presentation. Subsequently, she underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve replacement with a bio-prosthetic valve 8 years prior to presentation. Presently, she started experiencing worsening dyspnea and heart failure symptoms. Echocardiography showed mildly reduced left ventricular ejection fraction with severe aortic stenosis and pulmonary hypertension. The bioprosthetic mitral valve was functioning normally. We performed right and left heart catheterization for evaluation. Peak aortic gradient was 50 mm Hg with a mean gradient of 39 mm Hg. Aortic valve area was calculated to be 0.31 cm(2). However, simultaneous measurement of left ventricular and wedge pressures showed a significant gradient of 11 mm Hg across the mitral valve with a calculated mitral valve area of 0.4 cm(2). Because of discordant information between echocardiographic and hemodynamic data, we proceeded with trans-septal puncture to directly measure left atrial pressures. Simultaneous left atrial and left ventricular pressure measurement demonstrated a mean gradient of 4 mm Hg across the mitral valve with an area calculated at 1.9 cm(2). We review the tracings in detail and discuss the pitfalls of using pulmonary capillary wedge pressure as a surrogate for left atrial pressure. PMID:22106062

  9. Design considerations and quantitative assessment for the development of percutaneous mitral valve stent.

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    Kumar, Gideon Praveen; Cui, Fangsen; Phang, Hui Qun; Su, Boyang; Leo, Hwa Liang; Hon, Jimmy Kim Fatt

    2014-07-01

    Percutaneous heart valve replacement is gaining popularity, as more positive reports of satisfactory early clinical experiences are published. However this technique is mostly used for the replacement of pulmonary and aortic valves and less often for the repair and replacement of atrioventricular valves mainly due to their anatomical complexity. While the challenges posed by the complexity of the mitral annulus anatomy cannot be mitigated, it is possible to design mitral stents that could offer good anchorage and support to the valve prosthesis. This paper describes four new Nitinol based mitral valve designs with specific features intended to address migration and paravalvular leaks associated with mitral valve designs. The paper also describes maximum possible crimpability assessment of these mitral stent designs using a crimpability index formulation based on the various stent design parameters. The actual crimpability of the designs was further evaluated using finite element analysis (FEA). Furthermore, fatigue modeling and analysis was also done on these designs. One of the models was then coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) with leaflets sutured and put to: (i) leaflet functional tests to check for proper coaptation of the leaflet and regurgitation leakages on a phantom model and (ii) anchorage test where the stented valve was deployed in an explanted pig heart. Simulations results showed that all the stents designs could be crimped to 18F without mechanical failure. Leaflet functional test results showed that the valve leaflets in the fabricated stented valve coapted properly and the regurgitation leakage being within acceptable limits. Deployment of the stented valve in the explanted heart showed that it anchors well in the mitral annulus. Based on these promising results of the one design tested, the other stent models proposed here were also considered to be promising for percutaneous replacement of mitral valves for the treatment of mitral regurgitation, by virtue of their key features as well as effective crimping. These models will be fabricated and put to all the aforementioned tests before being taken for animal trials. PMID:24746106

  10. Human Myxomatous Mitral Valve Prolapse: Role of Bone Morphogenetic Protein 4 in valvular interstitial cell activation

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    Sainger, Rachana; Grau, Juan B.; Branchetti, Emanuela; Poggio, Paolo; Seefried, William F.; Field, Benjamin C.; Acker, Michael A.; Gorman, Robert C.; Gorman, Joseph H.; Hargrove, Clark W.; Bavaria, Joseph E.; Ferrari, Giovanni

    2011-01-01

    Myxomatous Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is the most common cardiac valvular abnormality in industrialized countries and a leading cause of mitral valve surgery for isolated mitral regurgitation. The key role of valvular interstitial cells (VICs) during mitral valve development and homeostasis has been recently suggested, however little is known about the molecular pathways leading to MVP. We aim to characterize Bone Morphogenetic Protein 4 (BMP4) as a cellular regulator of mitral valvular interstitial cell activation towards a pathologic synthetic phenotype and to analyze the cellular phenotypic changes and extracellular matrix (ECM) reorganization associated with the development of myxomatous mitral valve prolapse. Microarray analysis showed significant up regulation of BMP4-mediated signaling molecules in myxomatous MVP when compared to controls. Histological analysis and cellular characterization suggest that during myxomatous MVP development, healthy quiescent mitral VICs undergo a phenotypic activation via up regulation of BMP4-mediated pathway. In vitro hBMP4 treatment of isolated human mitral VICs mimics the cellular activation and ECM remodeling as seen in MVP tissues. The present study characterizes the cell biology of mitral VICs in physiological and pathological conditions and provides insights into the molecular and cellular mechanisms mediated by BMP4 during MVP. The ability to test and control the plasticity of VICs using different molecules may help in developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for myxomatous MVP. PMID:22105615

  11. Transcatheter ACURATE-TA Aortic Valve Implantation in a Patient With a Previous Mechanical Mitral Valve.

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    Bagur, Rodrigo; Kiaii, Bob; Teefy, Patrick J; Diamantouros, Pantelis; Harle, Christopher; Goela, Aashish; Chan, Ian; Chu, Michael W A

    2015-11-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in the presence of a mechanical mitral valve (MMV) prosthesis is still challenging because of the rigid mitral frame within the aortomitral curtain. Moreover, low-lying coronary ostia represent a hazardous problem of coronary obstruction, especially in narrow or porcelain aortic roots. The present case demonstrates the successful management of 2 challenging anatomical issues, the rigid cage of the MMV and the low-lying left main coronary ostium (LMCO), with the implantation of the ACURATE-TA bioprosthesis (Symetis SA, Ecublens, Switzerland). It also highlights the importance of having multiple TAVI devices in order to choose the ideal transcatheter aortic bioprosthesis to fit the unique anatomical presentation of the patient. PMID:26522576

  12. Forty-year durability of a Smeloff-Cutter ball valve prosthesis in the mitral position.

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    Nakajima, Masato; Tsuchiya, Koji; Ichihara, Yuki; Amenomori, Shunsuke; Koshiyama, Hiroshi; Kaku, Yuji

    2011-12-01

    A rare case requiring replacement of an intact Smeloff-Cutter ball prosthesis in the mitral position 40 years after implantation is presented. The Smeloff-Cutter ball valve prosthesis was designed to have two open cages. It has two potential advantages: a relatively large, effective orifice area and its self-washing effect that prevents thrombus formation. There have been only a few reports of survivors with ball valve prostheses in place for more than three decades especially in the mitral position. This is a valuable report describing the long-term durability of a Smeloff-Cutter ball valve prosthesis in the mitral position. PMID:22173679

  13. On the Design of an Interactive, Patient-Specific Surgical Simulator for Mitral Valve Repair

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    Tenenholtz, Neil A.; Hammer, Peter E.; Schneider, Robert J.; Vasilyev, Nikolay V.; Howe, Robert D.

    2011-01-01

    Surgical repair of the mitral valve is a difficult procedure that is often avoided in favor of less effective valve replacement because of the associated technical challenges facing non-expert surgeons. In the interest of increasing the rate of valve repair, an accurate, interactive surgical simulator for mitral valve repair was developed. With a haptic interface, users can interact with a mechanical model during simulation to aid in the development of a surgical plan and then virtually implement the procedure to assess its efficacy. Sub-millimeter accuracy was achieved in a validation study, and the system was successfully used by a cardiac surgeon to repair three virtual pathological valves. PMID:24511427

  14. On the Design of an Interactive, Patient-Specific Surgical Simulator for Mitral Valve Repair.

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    Tenenholtz, Neil A; Hammer, Peter E; Schneider, Robert J; Vasilyev, Nikolay V; Howe, Robert D

    2011-12-31

    Surgical repair of the mitral valve is a difficult procedure that is often avoided in favor of less effective valve replacement because of the associated technical challenges facing non-expert surgeons. In the interest of increasing the rate of valve repair, an accurate, interactive surgical simulator for mitral valve repair was developed. With a haptic interface, users can interact with a mechanical model during simulation to aid in the development of a surgical plan and then virtually implement the procedure to assess its efficacy. Sub-millimeter accuracy was achieved in a validation study, and the system was successfully used by a cardiac surgeon to repair three virtual pathological valves. PMID:24511427

  15. Effect of obstructive sleep apnea on mitral valve tenting.

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    Pressman, Gregg S; Figueredo, Vincent M; Romero-Corral, Abel; Murali, Ganesan; Kotler, Morris N

    2012-04-01

    Obstructive apneas produce high negative intrathoracic pressure that imposes an afterload burden on the left ventricle. Such episodes might produce structural changes in the left ventricle over time. Doppler echocardiograms were obtained within 2 months of attended polysomnography. Patients were grouped according to apnea-hypopnea index (AHI): mild/no obstructive sleep apnea (OSA; AHI <15) and moderate/severe OSA (AHI ≥15). Mitral valve tenting height and area, left ventricular (LV) long and short axes, and LV end-diastolic volume were measured in addition to tissue Doppler parameters. Comparisons of measurements at baseline and follow-up between and within groups were obtained; correlations between absolute changes (Δ) in echocardiographic parameters were also performed. After a mean follow-up of 240 days mitral valve tenting height increased significantly (1.17 ± 0.12 to 1.28 ± 0.17 cm, p = 0.001) in moderate/severe OSA as did tenting area (2.30 ± 0.41 to 2.66 ± 0.60 cm(2), p = 0.0002); Δtenting height correlated with ΔLV end-diastolic volume (rho 0.43, p = 0.01) and Δtenting area (rho 0.35, p = 0.04). In patients with mild/no OSA there was no significant change in tenting height; there was a borderline significant increase in tenting area (2.20 ± 0.44 to 2.31 ± 0.43 cm(2), p = 0.05). Septal tissue Doppler early diastolic wave decreased (8.04 ± 2.49 to 7.10 ± 1.83 cm/s, p = 0.005) in subjects with moderate/severe OSA but not in in those with mild/no OSA. In conclusion, in patients with moderate/severe OSA, mitral valve tenting height and tenting area increase significantly over time. This appears to be related, at least in part, to changes in LV geometry. PMID:22264596

  16. Concomitant tricuspid valve repair in patients with minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

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    Pfannmüller, Bettina; Davierwala, Piroze; Hirnle, Gregor; Borger, Michael A.; Misfeld, Martin; Garbade, Jens; Seeburger, Joerg; Mohr, Friedrich W.

    2013-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to investigate the 10-year Leipzig experience with minimally invasive mitral valve (MIMV) surgery in combination with tricuspid valve (TV) surgery. Methods Between January 2002 and December 2011, a total of 441 patients with mitral valve (MV) dysfunction and concomitant TV regurgitation (TR) underwent MIMV surgery at the Leipzig Heart Center. The mean age was 68.7±10.0 years, mean LVEF was 56.7%±13.1% and 184 patients (41.7%) were male. The Average logEuroSCORE was 8.3%±7.2%, and patients had an average follow-up of 3.4±2.4 years. Results Pre-discharge echocardiography showed no or mild mitral regurgitation (MR) in 95.1% and no or mild TR in 84.1%. Overall 30-day mortality was 4.3% with nineteen deaths. Five-year survival was 77.2%±2.5%. Five-year freedom from TV-related reoperation was 91.0%±1.8%. Conclusions Our 10-year experience show that MIMV surgery in combination with TV surgery can be performed routinely with good peri- and post-operative results. Our observations support current recommendations to perform concomitant TV repair, particularly if tricuspid annular dilation is present. PMID:24349978

  17. The left atrial volume curve can be assessed from pulmonary vein and mitral valve velocity tracings.

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    Marino, P; Prioli, A M; Destro, G; LoSchiavo, I; Golia, G; Zardini, P

    1994-04-01

    After instantaneous left atrial volume was defined as the net difference between the forward-flowing blood from the lungs and the blood flowing through the mitral valve, we constructed the left atrial volume curve by sampling the Doppler mitral valve and the right upper pulmonary vein velocity from an apical four-chamber view in eight normal subjects and 11 patients with heart disease. The instantaneous mitral valve flow was estimated as mitral valve velocity x annular area (derived from the same view), whereas the pulmonary venous flow was obtained as right upper pulmonary vein velocity x pulmonary vein area, where pulmonary vein area = mitral valve velocity integral x mitral valve area) divided by pulmonary vein velocity integral. The left atrial volume curve can then be derived as: [(instantaneous pulmonary venous flow - mitral valve flow) + left atrial volume assessed at end diastole by two-dimensional echocardiography]. Biplane angiographic left atrial volume curves, available in four of 11 patients, compared morphologically very closely with the noninvasive curves, whereas the correlation coefficient for maximum (end-systolic) and filling (maximum minus minimum) left atrial volumes obtained from the Doppler-derived curve and the corresponding two-dimensional echocardiographic estimates was 0.95 (p < 0.001, standard error of the estimate = 11.9 ml), the dispersion of the data increased with decreasing volumes. These data demonstrate that combined Doppler mitral valve and pulmonary vein velocities can be used to construct the left atrial volume curve in human beings. The approach described, besides providing a tool for further noninvasive evaluation of the left atrial function, offers the opportunity for relating the continuous pulmonary venous flow to the intermittent filling of the ventricle through the mitral orifice in diastole, underlining the complex role that the left atrial cavity plays in this process. PMID:8154428

  18. Thrombolytic Therapy as the Management of Mitral Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Implantation Early Thrombosis.

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    Akhras, Nathem; Al Sergani, Hani; Al Buraiki, Jehad; Fadel, Bahaa M; Khaliel, Feras; Al Allaf, Abdalkareem; Al Amri, Mohammed; Dahdouh, Ziad

    2016-05-01

    A 70-year-old male underwent mitral transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation for a failed bioprosthesis implanted 11 years earlier. In the first days following the procedure, he developed thrombosis of the new bioprosthesis with restricted cusp motion. The transmitral mean gradient increased significantly despite effective anticoagulation therapy using unfractionated heparin infusion. Low dose and slow infusion of alteplase resulted in resolution of the thrombus and normalisation of cusp motion. Thereafter long-term anticoagulation using a vitamin K antagonist was instituted and the patient remained asymptomatic. PMID:26804246

  19. The Mitral Valve in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Test in Context.

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    Sherrid, Mark V; Balaram, Sandhya; Kim, Bette; Axel, Leon; Swistel, Daniel G

    2016-04-19

    Mitral valve abnormalities were not part of modern pathological and clinical descriptions of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the 1950s, which focused on left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and myocyte fiber disarray. Although systolic anterior motion (SAM) of the mitral valve was discovered as the cause of LV outflow tract obstruction in the M-mode echocardiography era, in the 1990s structural abnormalities of the mitral valve became appreciated as contributing to SAM pathophysiology. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mitral malformations have been identified at all levels. They occur in the leaflets, usually elongating them, and also in the submitral apparatus, with a wide array of malformations of the papillary muscles and chordae, that can be detected by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and by cardiac magnetic resonance. Because they participate fundamentally in the predisposition to SAM, they have increasingly been repaired surgically. This review critically assesses imaging and measurement of mitral abnormalities and discusses their surgical relief. PMID:27081025

  20. Effects of pimobendan for mitral valve regurgitation in dogs.

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    Kanno, Nobuyuki; Kuse, Hiroshi; Kawasaki, Masaya; Hara, Akashi; Kano, Rui; Sasaki, Yoshihide

    2007-04-01

    Pimobendan has a dual mechanism of action: it increases myocardial contractility by increasing calcium sensitization to troponin C and it promotes vasodilation by inhibiting PDEIII. This study examined the effects of pimobendan on cardiac function, hemodynamics, and neurohormonal factors in dogs with mild mitral regurgitation (MR). The dogs were given 0.25 mg/kg of pimobendan orally every 12 hr for 4 weeks. With pimobendan, the heart rate and stroke volume did not change, but the systolic blood pressure gradually decreased and the degree of mitral valve regurgitation tended to decrease. Renal blood flow was significantly increased and the glomerular filtration rate was slightly increased at 2 and 4 weeks. Furthermore, over the 4-week period, the plasma norepinephrine concentration decreased significantly, the systolic index increased slightly, the left atrial diameter and the left ventricular diameters decreased significantly, and the heart size improved. Given these results, pimobendan appears to be useful for treating MR in dogs. However, further long-term studies of pimobendan involving a larger number of dogs with mild and moderate MR are needed to establish the safety of pimobendan and document improvements in quality of life. PMID:17485924

  1. Non-Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation: Prognostic Value of Nonsustained Ventricular Tachycardia after Mitral Valve Surgery

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    Olafiranye, Oladipupo; Hochreiter, Clare A.; Borer, Jeffrey S.; Supino, Phyllis G.; Herrold, Edmund M.; Budzikowski, Adam S.; Hai, Ofek Y.; Bouraad, Dany; Kligfield, Paul D.; Girardi, Leonard N.; Krieger, Karl H.; Isom, O. Wayne

    2013-01-01

    Background Nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (VT), frequent in unoperated severe mitral regurgitation (MR), confers mortality risk (sudden [SD] and cardiac [CD]). The prognostic value of VT after mitral valve surgery (MVS) is unknown; we aimed to define this, and to assess its modulation by left (LV) and/or right (RV) ventricular ejection fraction (EF), for mortality after MVS. Methods In 57 patients (53% female; age 58±12 years) with severe MR prospectively followed before and after MVS we performed 24-hr ambulatory electrocardiograms approximately annually. LVEF and RVEF were determined within 1 year after MVS by radionuclide cineangiography. Results During 9.52±3.49 end-point free follow-up years, late postoperative CD occurred in 11 pts (7 sudden, 4 heart failure [HF]). In univariable analysis,, >1 VT episode after MVS predicted SD (p<.01) and CD (SD or HF, p<.04). Subnormal postoperative RVEF predicted CD (p<.04). When adjusted for preoperative age, gender, etiology, or antiarrhythmics, both postoperative VT and RVEF predicted CD (p≤.05). When postoperative VT and RVEF were both in the multivariable model, only subnormal RVEF predicted CD (p<.04). Among those with normal RVEF, VT >1 episode predicted SD (p=.03). Conclusion Postoperative VT and subnormal RVEF predict late postoperative deaths in nonischemic MR. Their assessment may aid patient management. PMID:23428621

  2. Myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs: Does size matter?

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    Parker, Heidi G.; Kilroy-Glynn, Paul

    2012-01-01

    Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is the most commonly diagnosed cardiovascular disease in the dog accounting for more than 70% of all cardiovascular disease in dogs. As are most canine diseases with genetic underpinnings, risk of MMVD is greatly increased in a subset of breeds. What is uncommon is that the vast majority of the breeds at elevated risk for MMVD are small or toy breeds with average adult weights under 9 kg. These breeds appear to have little in common other than their diminutive size. In the following review we propose a number of mechanisms by which relatively unrelated small breeds may have developed a predisposition for chronic valvular disorders. Although factors such as age are key in the expression of MMVD, taking a comprehensive look at the commonalities, as well as the differences, between the susceptible breeds may assist in finding the causal variants responsible for MMVD and translating them to improved treatments for both dogs and humans. PMID:22356836

  3. Robotic Septal Myectomy and Mitral Valve Repair for Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis With Systolic Anterior Motion.

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    Bayburt, Selin; Senay, Sahin; Gullu, Ahmet Umit; Kocyigit, Muharrem; Karakus, Gultekin; Batur, Mustafa Kemal; Alhan, Cem

    2016-01-01

    Combined therapeutic approach with performing mitral valve repair may be necessitated for the treatment of idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS) with systolic anterior motion. This report includes operative technique for combined robotic septal myectomy and mitral valve repair. A 45-year-old man with IHSS was admitted to our center for surgical intervention. The transthoracic echocardiography showed typical asymmetric ventricular hypertrophy. Left ventricle posterior wall thickness was 11 mm, and interventricular septum thickness was 21 mm. Mitral valve leaflets were found to be elongated. Mild-to-severe mitral regurgitation was detected with eccentric mitral jet. Aortic peak gradient was 128 mm Hg. Robotic mitral repair and septal myectomy through left atrial exposure was performed. The anterior leaflet was detached, and the septal muscle in a mass of 1 × 0.7 × 0.5 cm was resected. Next, the anterior leaflet was reattached with continuous suture. The plication of the posterior leaflet with transverse incision was performed to diminish the length of posterior leaflet. After the magic suture for posteromedial commissure was performed, a 34 Medtronic Future ring was implanted for mitral annuloplasty. Postoperative course was uneventful. The patient was discharged on the sixth postoperative day. Combined robotic septal myectomy and mitral valve repair for IHSS with systolic anterior motion may be feasible. PMID:27115534

  4. ARRHYTHMIA WITH MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE: RESULTS OF ANNULOPLASTY IN TWO PATIENTS *

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    Al-Bassam, Mahdi S.; Cooley, Denton A.

    1978-01-01

    The effectiveness of posterior annuloplasty in two patients who failed to respond to medical treatment for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias related to mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is reported. Although the etiology of arrhythmia in MVP remains mostly speculative, anatomic correction of prolapse or billowing of the mitral leaflets appears to reverse the anatomic and pathologic conditions that cause the arrhythmia. Images PMID:15216044

  5. Dynamic Heterogeneity of the Heart Valve Interstitial Cell Population in Mitral Valve Health and Disease

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    Sauls, Kimberly; Koenig, Sara N.; Anstine, Lindsey J.; Garg, Vidu; Norris, Russell A.; Lincoln, Joy

    2015-01-01

    The heart valve interstitial cell (VIC) population is dynamic and thought to mediate lay down and maintenance of the tri-laminar extracellular matrix (ECM) structure within the developing and mature valve throughout life. Disturbances in the contribution and distribution of valve ECM components are detrimental to biomechanical function and associated with disease. This pathological process is associated with activation of resident VICs that in the absence of disease reside as quiescent cells. While these paradigms have been long standing, characterization of this abundant and ever-changing valve cell population is incomplete. Here we examine the expression pattern of Smooth muscle α-actin, Periostin, Twist1 and Vimentin in cultured VICs, heart valves from healthy embryonic, postnatal and adult mice, as well as mature valves from human patients and established mouse models of disease. We show that the VIC population is highly heterogeneous and phenotypes are dependent on age, species, location, and disease state. Furthermore, we identify phenotypic diversity across common models of mitral valve disease. These studies significantly contribute to characterizing the VIC population in health and disease and provide insights into the cellular dynamics that maintain valve structure in healthy adults and mediate pathologic remodeling in disease states. PMID:26527432

  6. Repeat Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Replacement for Recurrent Mitral Stenosis after OMC in Patients Who Decline Blood Product Transfusion for Religious Reasons

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    Ito, Yujiro; Nakamura, Yoshitsugu; Tagusari, Osamu; Yoshida, Shigehiko

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac surgery for Jehovah's Witness (JW) patients is considered to be high risk because of patients' refusal to receive blood transfusion. We report a successful mitral valve replacement for recurrent mitral stenosis after OMC with minimally invasive right thoracotomy, without any transfusion of allogeneic blood or blood products. This minimally invasive mitral valve replacement through right thoracotomy was an excellent approach for JW patients. PMID:26618021

  7. The future of transcatheter mitral valve interventions: competitive or complementary role of repair vs. replacement?

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    Maisano, Francesco; Alfieri, Ottavio; Banai, Shmuel; Buchbinder, Maurice; Colombo, Antonio; Falk, Volkmar; Feldman, Ted; Franzen, Olaf; Herrmann, Howard; Kar, Saibal; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Lutter, Georg; Mack, Michael; Nickenig, Georg; Piazza, Nicolo; Reisman, Mark; Ruiz, Carlos E; Schofer, Joachim; Søndergaard, Lars; Stone, Gregg W; Taramasso, Maurizio; Thomas, Martyn; Vahanian, Alec; Webb, John; Windecker, Stephan; Leon, Martin B

    2015-07-01

    Transcatheter mitral interventions has been developed to address an unmet clinical need and may be an alternative therapeutic option to surgery with the intent to provide symptomatic and prognostic benefit. Beyond MitraClip therapy, alternative repair technologies are being developed to expand the transcatheter intervention armamentarium. Recently, the feasibility of transcatheter mitral valve implantation in native non-calcified valves has been reported in very high-risk patients. Acknowledging the lack of scientific evidence to date, it is difficult to predict what the ultimate future role of transcatheter mitral valve interventions will be. The purpose of the present report is to review the current state-of-the-art of mitral valve intervention, and to identify the potential future scenarios, which might benefit most from the transcatheter repair and replacement devices under development. PMID:25870204

  8. Designing innovative retractors and devices to facilitate mitral valve repair surgery

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    Yozu, Ryohei

    2015-01-01

    Various devices have been developed to facilitate mitral valve surgery, including those that improve mitral valve exposure and assist surgeons with associated procedures. Choosing appropriate supporting devices when performing minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) through a minithoracotomy with endoscopic assistance is critical. Depending on the surgeons preference, trans-thoracic or trans-working-port left atrial retractors can be utilized. Although the trans-thoracic retractors provide a simple and orderly working space around the minithoracotomy working port, the positioning of the shaft is difficult and there is an implicit risk of chest wall bleeding. On the other hand, the trans-working-port type provides excellent exposure, is easily handled and manipulated, and facilitates surgeries involving various anatomical structures without special training. A great deal of understanding and knowledge about retractors is necessary to achieve the optimal exposure required to facilitate surgical techniques, and to maintain a reproducible and safe surgical system during mitral valve surgery. PMID:26309847

  9. Manipulation of valve composition to elucidate the role of collagen in aortic valve calcification

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    2014-01-01

    Background Extracellular matrix (ECM) disarray is found in calcific aortic valvular disease (CAVD), yet much remains to be learned about the role of individual ECM components in valvular interstitial cell (VIC) function and dysfunction. Previous clinical analyses have shown that calcification is associated with decreased collagen content, while previous in vitro work has suggested that the presence of collagen attenuates the responsiveness of VICs to pro-calcific stimuli. The current study uses whole leaflet cultures to examine the contributions of endogenous collagen in regulating the phenotype and calcification of VICs. Methods A “top-down” approach was used to characterize changes in VIC phenotype in response to collagen alterations in the native 3D environment. Collagen-deficient leaflets were created via enzymatic treatment and cultured statically for six days in vitro. After culture, leaflets were harvested for analysis of DNA, proliferation, apoptosis, ECM composition, calcification, and gene/protein expression. Results In general, disruption of collagen was associated with increased expression of disease markers by VICs in whole organ leaflet culture. Compared to intact control leaflets, collagen-deficient leaflets demonstrated increased VIC proliferation and apoptosis, increased expression of disease-related markers such as alpha-smooth muscle actin, alkaline phosphatase, and osteocalcin, and an increase in calcification as evidenced by positive von Kossa staining. Conclusions These results indicate that disruption of the endogenous collagen structure in aortic valves is sufficient to stimulate pathological consequences in valve leaflet cultures, thereby highlighting the importance of collagen and the valve extracellular matrix in general in maintaining homeostasis of the valve phenotype. PMID:24581344

  10. Systematic review of robotic minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

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    Seco, Michael; Cao, Christopher; Modi, Paul; Bannon, Paul G.; Wilson, Michael K.; Vallely, Michael P.; Phan, Kevin; Misfeld, Martin; Mohr, Friedrich

    2013-01-01

    Background Robotic telemanipulators have evolved to assist the challenges of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MVS). A systematic review was performed to provide a synopsis of the literature, focusing on clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness. Method Structured searches of MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane databases were performed in August 2013. All original studies except case-reports were included in qualitative review. Studies with ≥50 patients were presented quantitatively. Results After applying inclusion and exclusion criteria to the search results, 27 studies were included in qualitative review, 16 of which had ≥50 patients. All studies were observational in nature, and thus the quality of evidence was rated low to medium. Patients generally had good left ventricular performance, were relatively asymptomatic, and mean patient age ranged from 52.6-58.4 years. Rates of intraoperative outcomes ranged from: 0.0-9.1% for conversion to non-robotic surgery, 106±22 to 188.5±53.8 min for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) time and 79±16 to 140±40 min for cross-clamp (XC) time. Rates of short-term postoperative outcomes ranged from: 0.0-3.0% for mortality, 0.0-3.2% for myocardial infarction (MI), 0.0-3.0% for permanent stroke, 1.6-15% for pleural effusion, 0.0-5.0% for reoperations for bleeding, 0.0-0.3% for infection, and 1.1-6% for prolonged ventilation (>48 hours), 1.5-5.4% for early repair failure, 12.3±6.7 to 36.6±24.7 hours for intensive care length of stay, 3.1±0.3 to 6.3±3.9 days for hospital length of stay (HLOS) and 81.7-97.6% had no or trivial mitral regurgitation (MR) before discharge. Conclusions All subtypes of mitral valve prolapse are repairable with robotic techniques. CPB and XC times are long, and novel techniques such as the Cor-Knot, Nitinol clips or running sutures may reduce the time required. The overall rates of early postoperative mortality and morbidity are low. Improvements in postoperative quality of life (QoL) and expeditious return to work offset the increase in equipment and intraoperative cost. Evidence for long-term outcomes is as yet limited. PMID:24349971

  11. In-Vitro Mitral Valve Simulator Mimics Systolic Valvular Function of Chronic Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation Ovine Model

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    Siefert, Andrew W.; Rabbah, Jean Pierre; Koomalsingh, Kevin J.; Touchton, Steven A.; Saikrishnan, Neelakantan; McGarvey, Jeremy R.; Gorman, Robert C.; Gorman, Joseph H.; Yoganathan, Ajit P.

    2013-01-01

    Background This study was undertaken to evaluate an in vitro mitral valve simulator's ability to mimic the systolic leaflet coaptation, regurgitation, and leaflet mechanics of a healthy and chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) ovine model. Methods Mitral valve size and geometry of both healthy and chronic IMR ovine animals was used to recreate systolic mitral valve function in vitro. A2-P2 coaptation length, coaptation depth, tenting area, anterior leaflet strain, and mitral regurgitation were compared between the animal groups and valves simulated in the bench-top model. Results For the control conditions, no differences were observed between the healthy animals and simulator in coaptation length (p=.681), coaptation depth (p=.559), tenting area (p=.199), and anterior leaflet strain in the radial (p=.230) and circumferential (p=.364) directions. For the chronic IMR conditions, no differences were observed between the models in coaptation length (p=.596), coaptation depth (p=.621), tenting area (p=.879), and anterior leaflet strain in the radial (p=.151) and circumferential (p=.586) directions. Mitral regurgitation was similar between IMR models with an asymmetric jet originating from the tethered A3-P3 leaflets. Conclusion This study is the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of an in vitro simulator to emulate the systolic valvular function and mechanics of a healthy and chronic IMR ovine model. The in vitro IMR model provides the capability to recreate intermediary and exacerbated levels of annular and subvalvular distortion at which IMR repairs can be simulated. This system provides a realistic and controllable test platform for the development and evaluation of current and future IMR repairs. PMID:23374445

  12. [Sudden death as presentation form of papillary fibroelastoma of mitral valve].

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    Sánchez Rodríguez, A; Jiménez Moragas, J M; Marín Gurrea, M; Ravina Sanz, J; Sánchez Heredia, A

    2000-05-01

    We describe the case of a 35-year-old male, who presented with sudden death, secondary to anterior miocardial infarction due to embolism. Echocardiography, transthoracic and transesophageal, revealed a tumor in the anterior mitral leaflet. Tumor, histopathologically an papillary fibroelastoma, was excised and the mitral valve was replaced with a mechanical prosthetic valve. We revised the current literature on intracardiac papillary fibroelastoma. PMID:10859828

  13. Anomalous chord of the left atrium without involvement of the mitral valve.

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    Arya, Bhawna; Challenger, Margaret; Lai, Wyman W

    2012-08-01

    An anomalous chord from the left side of the atrial septum to the left atrial free wall was incidentally noted on transthoracic echocardiography in a 14-year-old boy with vasovagal syncope. Previously reported cases of anomalous chords in the left atrium were associated with the mitral valve leaflets in all but two cases. This is the first reported case of an echocardiographic diagnosis of anomalous left atrial chord without insertion of the chord into the mitral valve. PMID:22404153

  14. Two melodies in concert: mitral and pulmonary valve replacement late in repaired tetralogy of Fallot.

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    Fang, Zhi; Hu, Jia; Zhu, Xianglan; Lin, Ke

    2015-01-01

    Disruption of pulmonary valve integrity after Tetralogy of Fallot repair often results in a cascade of hemodynamic and electrophysiological abnormalities. Here we report an uncommon case of severe pulmonary regurgitation with concomitant rheumatic mitral stenosis diagnosed 25 years after primary Tetralogy of Fallot repair. A 33-year-old man presented with symptomatic palpitation and exercise intolerance and was treated successfully with pulmonary and mitral valve replacement, after which his symptoms improved dramatically. PMID:25887053

  15. Ventricular Septal Perforation Caused by the Strut of a Mitral Valve Bioprosthesis.

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    Dagnegård, Hanna H; Ugander, Martin; Liska, Jan; Källner, Göran G

    2016-03-01

    Ventricular rupture is a well-known complication of mitral valve replacement. We report a rare complication in which the strut of a recently implanted mitral bioprosthesis eroded through the ventricular septum. We present the strategy of the reoperation in which the sutures holding the repair patch were also used to support the new prosthesis. In addition to ventricular rupture and obstruction of the left ventricular outflow tract by a mitral bioprosthesis, the risk of iatrogenic ventricular septal defect (VSD) should be considered when choosing, sizing, and implanting a mitral bioprosthesis. PMID:26897197

  16. A Rare Association of Parachute Mitral Valve with Double Outlet Right Ventricle and Severe Pulmonary Hypertension in an Adult.

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    Meenakshi, K; Chidambaram, Sundar; Dhandapani, V E; Rameshwar, R

    2014-11-01

    Congenital mitral stenosis (MS) is a rare congenital cardiac malformation and the obstruction to the flow across the mitral valve can be caused by supramitral ring, commissural fusion, short chordae, anomalous mitral arcade, anomalous position of the papillary muscles and the so-called'parachute mitral valve'. We describe here the case of a 47 year old male diagnosed to have a double outlet right ventricle (DORV), subaortic ventricular septal defect (VSD) with no pulmonary stenosis, severe pulmonary hypertension and congenital MS due to parachute mitral valve. PMID:26281483

  17. Aortic periannular abscess invading into the central fibrous body, mitral valve, and tricuspid valve.

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    Oh, Hyun Kong; Kim, Nan Yeol; Kang, Min-Woong; Kang, Shin Kwang; Yu, Jae Hyeon; Lim, Seung Pyung; Choi, Jae Sung; Na, Myung Hoon

    2014-06-01

    A 61-year-old man was diagnosed with aortic stenoinsufficiency with periannular abscess, which involved the aortic root of noncoronary sinus (NCS) that invaded down to the central fibrous body, whole membranous septum, mitral valve (MV), and tricuspid valve (TV). The open complete debridement was executed from the aortic annulus at NCS down to the central fibrous body and annulus of the MV and the TV, followed by the left ventricular outflow tract reconstruction with implantation of a mechanical aortic valve by using a leaflet of the half-folded elliptical bovine pericardial patch. Another leaflet of this patch was used for the repair of the right atrial wall with a defect and the TV. PMID:25207228

  18. A Case of Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia after Myxoma Excision and Mitral Valve Repair Presenting as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

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    Park, Young Joo; Kim, Sang Pil; Shin, Ho-Jin

    2016-01-01

    Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia occurs in a diverse group of disorders, including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic uremic syndrome, and prosthetic cardiac valves. Hemolytic anemia also occurs as a rare complication after mitral valve repair. In this report, we describe a case of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia following myxoma excision and mitral valve repair, which was presented as hemolytic uremic syndrome. PMID:27081450

  19. Infective endocarditis associated with mitral valve prolapse in a patient with Klinefelter syndrome.

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    Ueki, Yasushi; Izawa, Atsushi; Ebisawa, Souichiro; Motoki, Hirohiko; Miyashita, Yusuke; Tomita, Takeshi; Koyama, Jun; Takano, Tamaki; Amano, Jun; Ikeda, Uichi

    2014-01-01

    We herein report a case of infective endocarditis associated with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in a 34-year-old man with Klinefelter syndrome. The patient was admitted with a fever and headache that had persisted for three weeks. Repeated blood cultures showed growth of Streptococcus oralis. Echocardiography demonstrated severe mitral regurgitation with a large vegetation attached to the prolapsed anterior leaflet. Surgical plasty of the mitral valve was performed because the vegetation measured over 10 mm in diameter and there was a risk of recurrence of embolic complications. This case demonstrates the link between MVP and Klinefelter syndrome and highlights the importance of performing cardiovascular screening and preventing endocarditis. PMID:24785888

  20. Mitral valve replacement in children: mortality, morbidity, and haemodynamic status up to medium term follow up

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    van Doorn, C; Yates, R; Tsang, V; deLeval, M; Elliott, M

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To investigate the outcome of mechanical mitral valve replacement in children after up to 11 years of follow up.
DESIGN—Retrospective analysis of case records. Operative survivors underwent echocardiographic studies to define current haemodynamic status and prosthetic valve function.
SETTING—Tertiary referral centre.
PATIENTS—All 54 children who underwent mitral valve replacement between January 1987 and December 1997.
RESULTS—30 day mortality was 20.3% and was associated with small valve size and supra-annular position. The actuarial freedom from the following events at five years (70% confidence interval (CI)) was: death, including 30 day mortality and transplantation, 68% (70% CI 62% to 75%); bleeding, 89% (70% CI 84% to 94%); non-structural valve dysfunction and reoperation, 92% (70% CI 87% to 97%). The incidence of endocarditis and thromboembolism was low and there was no structural valve failure. Event-free survival was 52% (70% CI 45% to 60%). Low weight, young age, and small valve size increased the chance of death or reoperation. On echocardiography, left ventricular dilatation and wall motion abnormalities were often observed. A high mean gradient over the prosthesis was associated with small valve size but not with length of follow up.
CONCLUSIONS—With the use of mechanical prostheses for mitral valve replacement in children, the problem of structural valve failure is no longer an issue. However, the procedure is still associated with a high complication rate, both at surgery and during follow up, and should therefore be reserved for patients in whom valve repair is not technically feasible.


Keywords: mitral valve replacement; prosthetic mitral valve; child; outcome PMID:11083744

  1. Retrograde Transcatheter Closure of Mitral Paravalvular Leak through a Mechanical Aortic Valve Prosthesis: 2 Successful Cases

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    Zhou, Daxin; Pan, Wenzhi; Guan, Lihua; Qian, Juying

    2016-01-01

    The presence of a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis has been considered a contraindication to retrograde percutaneous closure of mitral paravalvular leaks, because passing a catheter through the mechanical aortic valve can affect the function of a mechanical valve and thereby lead to severe hemodynamic deterioration. We report what we believe are the first 2 cases of retrograde transcatheter closure of mitral paravalvular leaks through a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis without transseptal or transapical puncture. Our experience shows that retrograde transcatheter closure of mitral paravalvular leaks in this manner can be an optional approach for transcatheter closure of such leaks, especially when a transapical or transseptal puncture approach is not feasible. This technique might also be applied to other transcatheter procedures in which there is a need to pass a catheter through a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis. PMID:27127428

  2. Retrograde Transcatheter Closure of Mitral Paravalvular Leak through a Mechanical Aortic Valve Prosthesis: 2 Successful Cases.

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    Zhou, Daxin; Pan, Wenzhi; Guan, Lihua; Qian, Juying; Ge, Junbo

    2016-04-01

    The presence of a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis has been considered a contraindication to retrograde percutaneous closure of mitral paravalvular leaks, because passing a catheter through the mechanical aortic valve can affect the function of a mechanical valve and thereby lead to severe hemodynamic deterioration. We report what we believe are the first 2 cases of retrograde transcatheter closure of mitral paravalvular leaks through a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis without transseptal or transapical puncture. Our experience shows that retrograde transcatheter closure of mitral paravalvular leaks in this manner can be an optional approach for transcatheter closure of such leaks, especially when a transapical or transseptal puncture approach is not feasible. This technique might also be applied to other transcatheter procedures in which there is a need to pass a catheter through a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis. PMID:27127428

  3. Regurgitation Hemodynamics Alone Cause Mitral Valve Remodeling Characteristic of Clinical Disease States In Vitro.

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    Connell, Patrick S; Azimuddin, Anam F; Kim, Seulgi E; Ramirez, Fernando; Jackson, Matthew S; Little, Stephen H; Grande-Allen, K Jane

    2016-04-01

    Mitral valve regurgitation is a challenging clinical condition that is frequent, highly varied, and poorly understood. While the causes of mitral regurgitation are multifactorial, how the hemodynamics of regurgitation impact valve tissue remodeling is an understudied phenomenon. We employed a pseudo-physiological flow loop capable of long-term organ culture to investigate the early progression of remodeling in living mitral valves placed in conditions resembling mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). Valve geometry was altered to mimic the hemodynamics of controls (no changes from native geometry), MVP (5 mm displacement of papillary muscles towards the annulus), and FMR (5 mm apical, 5 mm lateral papillary muscle displacement, 65% larger annular area). Flow measurements ensured moderate regurgitant fraction for regurgitation groups. After 1-week culture, valve tissues underwent mechanical and compositional analysis. MVP conditioned tissues were less stiff, weaker, and had elevated collagen III and glycosaminoglycans. FMR conditioned tissues were stiffer, more brittle, less extensible, and had more collagen synthesis, remodeling, and crosslinking related enzymes and proteoglycans, including decorin, matrix metalloproteinase-1, and lysyl oxidase. These models replicate clinical findings of MVP (myxomatous remodeling) and FMR (fibrotic remodeling), indicating that valve cells remodel extracellular matrix in response to altered mechanical homeostasis resulting from disease hemodynamics. PMID:26224524

  4. Familial Clustering of Mitral Valve Prolapse in the Community

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    Delling, Francesca N.; Rong, Jian; Larson, Martin G.; Lehman, Birgitta; Osypiuk, Ewa; Stantchev, Plamen; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A.; Benjamin, Emelia J.; Levine, Robert A.; Vasan, Ramachandran S.

    2014-01-01

    Background Knowledge of mitral valve prolapse (MVP) inheritance is based on pedigree observation and M-mode echocardiography. The extent of familial clustering of MVP among unselected individuals in the community based on current, more specific echocardiographic criteria is unknown. In addition, the importance of non-diagnostic MVP morphologies (NDM; first described in large pedigrees) has not been investigated in the general population. We hypothesized that parental MVP and NDM increase the risk of offspring MVP. Methods and Results Study participants were 3679 Generation 3 individuals with available parental data in the Offspring or the New Offspring Spouse cohorts. MVP and NDM were distinguished by leaflet displacement > 2 mm versus ≤ 2 mm beyond the mitral annulus, respectively. We compared MVP prevalence in Generation 3 participants with at least one parent with MVP (n=186) with that in individuals without parental MVP (n=3493). Among 3679 participants (53% women; mean age 40±9 years), 49 (1%) had MVP. Parental MVP was associated with a higher prevalence of MVP in Generation 3 participants (10/186 [5.4%]) compared to no parental MVP (39/3493 [1.1%] - adjusted odds ratio [OR], 4.51, 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.13–9.54; p<0.0001). When parental NDM was examined alone, prevalence of Generation 3 MVP remained higher (12/484 [2.5%]) compared to those without parental MVP or NDM (27/3009 [0.9%] - adjusted OR 2.52, 95% CI, 1.25–5.10; p=0.01). Conclusions Parental MVP and NDM are associated with increased prevalence of offspring MVP, highlighting the genetic substrate of MVP and the potential clinical significance of NDM in the community. PMID:25361552

  5. Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair in Mitral Regurgitation Reduces Cell-Free Hemoglobin and Improves Endothelial Function

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    Rammos, Christos; Zeus, Tobias; Balzer, Jan; Kubatz, Laura; Hendgen-Cotta, Ulrike B.; Veulemans, Verena; Hellhammer, Katharina; Totzeck, Matthias; Luedike, Peter; Kelm, Malte; Rassaf, Tienush

    2016-01-01

    Background and Objective Endothelial dysfunction is predictive for cardiovascular events and may be caused by decreased bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO). NO is scavenged by cell-free hemoglobin with reduction of bioavailable NO up to 70% subsequently deteriorating vascular function. While patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) suffer from an impaired prognosis, mechanisms relating to coexistent vascular dysfunctions have not been described yet. Therapy of MR using a percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) approach has been shown to lead to significant clinical benefits. We here sought to investigate the role of endothelial function in MR and the potential impact of PMVR. Methods and Results Twenty-seven patients with moderate-to-severe MR treated with the MitraClip® device were enrolled in an open-label single-center observational study. Patients underwent clinical assessment, conventional echocardiography, and determination of endothelial function by measuring flow-mediated dilation (FMD) of the brachial artery using high-resolution ultrasound at baseline and at 3-month follow-up. Patients with MR demonstrated decompartmentalized hemoglobin and reduced endothelial function (cell-free plasma hemoglobin in heme 28.9±3.8 μM, FMD 3.9±0.9%). Three months post-procedure, PMVR improved ejection fraction (from 41±3% to 46±3%, p = 0.03) and NYHA functional class (from 3.0±0.1 to 1.9±1.7, p<0.001). PMVR was associated with a decrease in cell free plasma hemoglobin (22.3±2.4 μM, p = 0.02) and improved endothelial functions (FMD 4.8±1.0%, p<0.0001). Conclusion We demonstrate here that plasma from patients with MR contains significant amounts of cell-free hemoglobin, which is accompanied by endothelial dysfunction. PMVR therapy is associated with an improved hemoglobin decompartmentalization and vascular function. PMID:26986059

  6. [Mitral Valve Plasty in a Patient with Situs Inversus Totalis; Usefulness of Retrograde Cardioprotective Beating Test].

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    Terada, Shinya; Yamauchi, Akihiko

    2015-11-01

    We report the usefulness of retrograde cardioprotective(RC)-beating test as a method to evaluate mitral valve plasty (MVP). MVP has been established as an effective procedure for mitral regurgitation, but nevertheless, a problem remains as to how to reduce postoperative residual regurgitation. In order to solve this problem, it is crucial to image the 3 dimensional structures of the mitral valve and its systolic condition. However, it is quite difficult especially in cases of situs inversus totalis (SIT). RC-beating test gives a clear view of the mitral valve and precisely evaluates the performance of MVP, which is particulary helpful in SIT patients. It also shows where to revise in cases of residual regurgitation. PMID:26555911

  7. [Sudden cardiac arrest in ventricular fibrillation mechanism as a first manifestation of primary mitral valve prolapse].

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    Brzyzkiewicz, Halina; Wałek, Paweł; Janion, Marianna

    2012-01-01

    We present the case of a 58 year-old patient with a primary mitral valve prolapse (MVP) at whose first manifestation of the disease was a sudden cardiac death (SCD) in ventricular fibrillation mechanism. In ECG paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was detected. The arrhythmia became persistent atrial fibrillation but in ECG sinus rhythm recording, QT dispersion occurred. In the echocardiography we found a classic MVP syndrome with large mitral regurgitation, preserved left ventricular systolic function and recent infective endocarditis features on posterior cusp of mitral valve. In the computed tomography of the head we found acute and recent history of stroke. The patient was qualified for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) implantation as a secondary SCD preventive treatment. An artificial mitral valve was implanted. In the long-term observation (36 month) two adequate ICD interventions caused by ventricular tachycardia were recorded. General condition of the patient remains stable. PMID:23750446

  8. Calcific aortic valve disease: A consensus summary from the Alliance of Investigators on Calcific Aortic Valve Disease

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    Yutzey, Katherine E.; Demer, Linda L.; Body, Simon C.; Huggins, Gordon S.; Towler, Dwight A.; Giachelli, Cecilia M.; Hofmann-Bowman, Marion A.; Mortlock, Douglas P.; Rogers, Melissa B.; Sadeghi, Mehran M.; Aikawa, Elena

    2014-01-01

    Calcific Aortic Valve Disease (CAVD) is increasingly prevalent worldwide with significant morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic options beyond surgical valve replacement are currently limited. In 2011, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute assembled a working group on aortic stenosis. This group identified CAVD as an actively regulated disease process in need of further study. As a result, the Alliance of Investigators on CAVD was formed to coordinate and promote CAVD research, with the goals of identifying individuals at risk, developing new therapeutic approaches, and improving diagnostic methods. The group is composed of cardiologists, geneticists, imaging specialists, and basic science researchers. This report reviews the current status of CAVD research and treatment strategies with identification of areas in need of additional investigation for optimal management of this patient population. PMID:25189570

  9. Post-operative echocardiographic evaluation of bioprosthetic mitral valve implantation in sheep.

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    De Vleeschauwer, S; De Praetere, H; Meuris, B; Herijgers, P; Herregods, M-C

    2015-01-01

    The ovine model is generally considered to be the best for testing bioprosthetic heart valve durability. Although echocardiography is the method of choice for the interim evaluation of the valve, literature on sheep echocardiography is scarce. Within the context of a study on treatment of pericardial heart valve prostheses, 19 adolescent sheep underwent transthoracic echocardiography six days after mitral implantation of bioprosthetic valves. Echocardiographic examination was performed under mild anesthesia and animals were put in a right lateral decubitus position. Four images were obtained: right parasternal long axis four and five chamber views, right parasternal long axis view with left ventricular outflow, and right parasternal short axis view through the mitral valve. We measured aortic annulus and velocity time integral over the aortic valve to determine stroke volume, cardiac output and cardiac index. The mitral valve was evaluated through color Doppler imaging for valvular and paravalvular leakages. Pulsed wave spectral Doppler was used for the measurement of velocities, pressures and velocity time integrals. For the evaluation of valve stenosis deceleration time and pressure half-time were determined. Effective orifice area of the mitral valve was derived. And, although not measured, other structures could clearly be visualized: right and left ventricle and atrium, wall thicknesses, tricuspid valve. This study shows that echocardiography in sheep is feasible, and that right parasternal images, obtained in animals in a right lateral decubitus position, are well qualified for the interim evaluation of bioprosthetic valves implanted in the mitral position. Besides the implanted valve, other cardiac structures like atria and ventricles can be visualized and evaluated. PMID:25117587

  10. Associations of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy with Prevalent and Incident Valve Calcification: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

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    Elmariah, Sammy; Delaney, Joseph A. C.; Bluemke, David A; Budoff, Matthew J.; O’Brien, Kevin D.; Fuster, Valentin; Kronmal, Richard A.; Halperin, Jonathan L.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives We aim to evaluate the relationship between percent of predicted left ventricular mass (%PredLVM) and valve calcification in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Background Cardiac valve calcification has been associated with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), which portends cardiovascular events. However, this relationship and its mediators are poorly understood. Methods MESA is a longitudinal cohort study of men and women aged 45-84 years without clinical cardiovascular disease in whom serial cardiac magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging were performed. The relationships between baseline %PredLVM and the prevalence, severity, and incidence of aortic valve (AVC) and mitral annulus calcification (MAC) were determined by regression modeling. Results Prevalent AVC was observed in 630 and MAC in 442 of 5,042 subjects (median 55.9 and 71.1 Agatston units, respectively). After adjustment for age, gender, body mass index, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical activity, diabetes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking, kidney function, serum lipids, and antihypertensive and statin medications, %PredLVM was associated with prevalent AVC (OR=1.18 per SD increase in %PredLVM [95%CI 1.08 – 1.30]; p=0.0004) and MAC (OR=1.18 [95%CI 1.06 – 1.32]; p=0.002). Similarly, %PredLVM was associated with increased severity of prevalent AVC (risk difference = 0.26 [95%CI 0.15 – 0.38]; p<0.0001) and MAC (risk difference = 0.20 [95%CI 0.03 – 0.37]; p=0.02). During follow-up (mean 2.4±0.9 years), 153 subjects (4%) developed AVC and 198 (5%) MAC. %PredLVM was associated with incident AVC (OR=1.24 [95%CI 1.04 – 1.47]; p=0.02) and MAC (OR=1.18 [1.01-1.40]; p=0.04). Further adjustment for inflammatory markers and coronary artery calcification did not attenuate these associations. Specifically, concentric LVH most strongly predicted incident valve calcification. Conclusions Within the MESA cohort, LVH was associated with prevalence, severity, and incidence of valve calcification independent of hypertension and other identified confounders. PMID:22897991

  11. Patient-specific mitral valve closure prediction using 3D echocardiography.

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    Burlina, Philippe; Sprouse, Chad; Mukherjee, Ryan; DeMenthon, Daniel; Abraham, Theodore

    2013-05-01

    This article presents an approach to modeling the closure of the mitral valve using patient-specific anatomical information derived from 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Our approach uses physics-based modeling to solve for the stationary configuration of the closed valve structure from the patient-specific open valve structure, which is recovered using a user-in-the-loop, thin-tissue detector segmentation. The method uses a tensile shape-finding approach based on energy minimization. This method is employed to predict the aptitude of the mitral valve leaflets to coapt. We tested the method using 10 intraoperative 3D TEE sequences by comparing the closed valve configuration predicted from the segmented open valve with the segmented closed valve, taken as ground truth. Experiments show promising results, with prediction errors on par with 3D TEE resolution and with good potential for applications in pre-operative planning. PMID:23497987

  12. Effect of preoperative oral sildenafil on severe pulmonary artery hypertension in patients undergoing mitral valve replacement

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    Gandhi, Hemang; Shah, Bipin; Patel, Ramesh; Toshani, Rajesh; Pujara, Jigisha; Kothari, Jignesh; Shastri, Naman

    2014-01-01

    Aim: Long standing mitral valve disease is usually associated with severe pulmonary hypertension. Perioperative pulmonary hypertension is a risk factor for right ventricular (RV) failure and a cause for morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing mitral valve replacement. Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor-sildenafil citrate is widely used to treat primary pulmonary hypertension. There is a lack of evidence of effects of oral sildenafil on secondary pulmonary hypertension due to mitral valve disease. The study aims to assess the effectiveness of preoperative oral sildenafil on severe pulmonary hypertension and incidence of RV failure in patients undergoing mitral valve replacement surgery. Materials and Methods: A total of 40 patients scheduled for mitral valve replacement with severe pulmonary hypertension (RV systolic pressure (RVSP) ≥60 mmHg) on preoperative transthoracic echo were randomly treated with oral sildenafil 25 mg (N = 20) or placebo (N = 20) eight hourly for 24 h before surgery. Hemodynamic variables were measured 20 min after insertion of pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) under anesthesia (T1), 20 min at weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) (T2) and after 1,2, and 6 h (T3, T4, T5, respectively) during the postoperative period. Results: Systolic and mean pulmonary artery pressure (MPAP) and pulmonary vascular resistance index (PVRI) were significantly lower (P < 0.0001) in sildenafil group at all times. Ventilation time and postoperative recovery room stay were significantly lower (P < 0.001) in sildenafil group. Conclusion: Sildenafil produces significant pulmonary vasodilatory effect as compared with placebo in mitral valve replacement patients with severe pulmonary hypertension. It also reduces ventilation time and intensive care unit (ICU) stay time as compared with placebo. It is concluded that sildenafil is effective in reducing pulmonary hypertension when administered preoperatively in patients with severe pulmonary hypertension undergoing mitral valve replacement surgery. PMID:24987174

  13. 43.3-year durability of a Smeloff-Cutter ball-caged mitral valve.

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    Head, Stuart J; Ko, Jamie; Singh, Rajeev; Roberts, William C; Mack, Michael J

    2011-02-01

    Extended durability of mechanical heart valves has been documented for many years. We describe a case of a ball-caged mechanical valve implanted 43.3 years previous to developing valve dysfunction. The patient presented with both prosthetic valve stenosis and insufficiency. This Smeloff-Cutter valve (Cutter Laboratories, Berkeley, CA) in the mitral position was dysfunctional due to lipid absorption, which resulted in ball variance and concomitant pannus growth prevented optimal seating of the ball in its cage. This is the longest length of time in which a Smeloff-Cutter mechanical valve has been originally implanted. PMID:21256329

  14. Reoperation for a patient 25 years after a Starr-Edwards ball mitral valve was installed.

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    Ye, Zhidong; Shiono, Motomi; Sezai, Akira; Inoue, Tatsuya; Hata, Mitsumasa; Niino, Tetsuya; Goshima, Masakazu; Nakamura, Tetsuya; Negishi, Nanao; Sezai, Yukiyasu

    2002-10-01

    A 45-year-old female suffered from increasing dyspnea during exercise and edema of lower extremities from January 2000. She had undergone mitral valve replacement with Starr-Edwards ball prosthesis (model 6320) due to mitral valve regurgitation 25 years ago. The cardiac catheterization and echocardiography documented mitral, aortic and tricuspid valves regurgitation grade III. Left ventricular ejection fraction rate was 49% and the pressures of CVP, RA, RV and PA were also increased. Laboratory examination showed slight hemolytic anemia. Double valve replacement (ATS valve) and tricuspid annuloplasty were carried out in April 2000. Strut cloth wear was confirmed at operation. Her postoperative course was uneventful. We hereby review the published paper of all cases with an implanted Starr-Edwards ball valve who required redo valve replacement with over 15 years follow-up. We consider that cloth injury is the main cause for reoperation and it usually associated with hemolytic anemia; cloth wear not only involves the aortic position but also frequently involves the mitral position for over 15 years follow-up patients and can be corrected by reoperation. Cloth wear should be concerned for those surviving patients who have received the Starr-Edwards ball valve during long-term follow-up. PMID:12472416

  15. Association of Mitral Valve Prolapse With Infective Endocarditis Due to Viridans Group Streptococci.

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    DeSimone, Daniel C; DeSimone, Christopher V; Tleyjeh, Imad M; Correa de Sa, Daniel D; Anavekar, Nandan S; Lahr, Brian D; Sohail, Muhammad R; Steckelberg, James M; Wilson, Walter R; Baddour, Larry M

    2015-08-15

    Although patients with certain cardiac valve abnormalities have increased risk of infective endocarditis (IE), it is unknown whether these abnormalities are associated with specific pathogens in IE cases. We report a strong association between mitral valve prolapse and viridans group streptococcal IE in a population-based cohort from Olmsted County, Minnesota. PMID:25963288

  16. [An emergent aortic and mitral valve replacement for active infective endocarditis preoperatively using extracorporeal ultrafiltration method].

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    Sakahashi, H; Takazawa, A; Eishi, K; Aomi, S; Tsuchida, K; Harada, Y; Seino, R; Hashimoto, A; Koyanagi, H

    1991-03-01

    We reported a 29-year-old man with active endocarditis complicating aortic and mitral valve regurgitation. The echocardiogram showed a mycotic aneurysm at aortic valvular annulus and a aneurysm of mitral valve. Heart failure was progressive and caused anuria. Prior to emergent double valve replacement, 2,500 ml of water was removed. Then hemodynamics became stationary. Urination was good during and after operation. In this case, complicating acute renal failure, dehydration with extracorporeal ultrafiltration method was very effective for improvement of hemodynamics. PMID:2020151

  17. Successful Medical Treatment of Prosthetic Mitral Valve Endocarditis Caused by Brucella abortus

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    Lee, Seung-Ah; Shin, Hyo-Sun; Lee, Hee-Sun; Choi, Hong-Mi; Kim, Hyung-Kwan

    2014-01-01

    Although Brucella endocarditis is a rare complication of human brucellosis, it is the main cause of the mortality in this disease. Traditionally, the therapeutic approach to endocarditis caused by Brucella species requires a combination of antimicrobial therapy and valve replacement surgery. In the literature, only a few cases of mitral prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Brucella species have been successfully treated without reoperation. We present a case of a 42-year-old man with a prosthetic mitral valve infected by Brucella abortus who was cured solely by medical treatment. PMID:25469149

  18. Large free-floating left atrial thrombus with normal mitral valve.

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    Chidambaram, Sundar; Rajkumar, Arunkumar; Ganesan, Gnanavelu; Sangareddi, Venkatesan; Ramasamy, Alagesan; Dhandapani, V E; Ravi, M S

    2013-01-01

    Left atrial thrombus in the presence of diseased mitral valve and atrial fibrillation is a well known entity. But it is very rare to occur in the presence of normal mitral valve apparatus. We report the case of a 36 year old female who presented with left atrial ball valve thrombus and normal mitral valve apparatus and underwent surgery. This patient with gangrene of right lower limb came for cardiac evaluation. She had infarct in left middle cerebral artery territory- ten months prior to this admission and was on treatment for infertility. She had atrial fibrillation. Emergency surgery to remove the thrombus should be considered given its potential life threatening embolic nature. PMID:23438617

  19. Mitral valve prolapse, aortic compliance, and skin collagen in joint hypermobility syndrome.

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    Handler, C E; Child, A; Light, N D; Dorrance, D E

    1985-01-01

    Mitral valve prolapse was sought clinically and with phonocardiography and M mode and sector echocardiography in 15 women aged 22-57 years with joint hypermobility syndrome. The type III:III + I collagen ratio was measured in skin biopsy specimens and was found to be raised in seven of 10 patients sampled. Thirteen patients had increased aortic wall compliance measured by the continuous wave Doppler ultrasound technique. Ten (67%) patients had mitral valve prolapse shown by auscultatory signs or echocardiography or both--a prevalence at least three times greater than that in the general adult population. It is concluded that if the abnormality of collagen biosynthesis found in skin biopsy samples in these patients is also present in their mitral valve tissue this may predispose them to prolapse of the valve. Images PMID:3902069

  20. Potential drug targets for calcific aortic valve disease

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    Hutcheson, Joshua D.; Aikawa, Elena; Merryman, W. David

    2014-01-01

    Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a major contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and, given its association with age, the prevalence of CAVD is expected to continue to rise as global life expectancy increases. No drug strategies currently exist to prevent or treat CAVD. Given that valve replacement is the only available clinical option, patients often cope with a deteriorating quality of life until diminished valve function demands intervention. The recognition that CAVD results from active cellular mechanisms suggests that the underlying pathways might be targeted to treat the condition. However, no such therapeutic strategy has been successfully developed to date. One hope was that drugs already used to treat vascular complications might also improve CAVD outcomes, but the mechanisms of CAVD progression and the desired therapeutic outcomes are often different from those of vascular diseases. We, therefore, discuss the benchmarks that must be met by a CAVD treatment approach, and highlight advances in the understanding of CAVD mechanisms to identify potential novel therapeutic targets. PMID:24445487

  1. A novel approach to in vivo mitral valve stress analysis.

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    Xu, Chun; Brinster, Clay J; Jassar, Arminder S; Vergnat, Mathieu; Eperjesi, Thomas J; Gorman, Robert C; Gorman, Joseph H; Jackson, Benjamin M

    2010-12-01

    Three-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography allows the generation of anatomically correct and time-resolved geometric mitral valve (MV) models. However, as imaged in vivo, the MV assumes its systolic geometric configuration only when loaded. Customarily, finite element analysis (FEA) is used to predict material stress and strain fields rendered by applying a load on an initially unloaded model. Therefore, this study endeavors to provide a framework for the application of in vivo MV geometry and FEA to MV physiology, pathophysiology, and surgical repair. We hypothesize that in vivo MV geometry can be reasonably used as a surrogate for the unloaded valve in computational (FEA) simulations, yielding reasonable and meaningful stress and strain magnitudes and distributions. Three experiments were undertaken to demonstrate that the MV leaflets are relatively nondeformed during systolic loading: 1) leaflet strain in vivo was measured using sonomicrometry in an ovine model, 2) hybrid models of normal human MVs as constructed using transesophageal real-time 3-D echocardiography (rt-3DE) were repeatedly loaded using FEA, and 3) serial rt-3DE images of normal human MVs were used to construct models at end diastole and end isovolumic contraction to detect any deformation during isovolumic contraction. The average linear strain associated with isovolumic contraction was 0.02 ± 0.01, measured in vivo with sonomicrometry. Repeated loading of the hybrid normal human MV demonstrated little change in stress or geometry: peak von Mises stress changed by <4% at all locations on the anterior and posterior leaflets. Finally, the in vivo human MV deformed minimally during isovolumic contraction, as measured by the mean absolute difference calculated over the surfaces of both leaflets between serial MV models: 0.53 ± 0.19 mm. FEA modeling of MV models derived from in vivo high-resolution truly 3-D imaging is reasonable and useful for stress prediction in MV pathologies and repairs. PMID:20952665

  2. Mitral and aortic regurgitation following transcatheter aortic valve replacement

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    Szymański, Piotr; Hryniewiecki, Tomasz; Dąbrowski, Maciej; Sorysz, Danuta; Kochman, Janusz; Jastrzębski, Jan; Kukulski, Tomasz; Zembala, Marian

    2016-01-01

    Objective To analyse the impact of postprocedural mitral regurgitation (MR), in an interaction with aortic regurgitation (AR), on mortality following transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Methods To assess the interaction between MR and AR, we compared the survival rate of patients (i) without both significant MR and AR versus (ii) those with either significant MR or significant AR versus (iii) with significant MR and AR, all postprocedure. 381 participants of the Polish Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Registry (166 males (43.6%) and 215 females (56.4%), age 78.8±7.4 years) were analysed. Follow-up was 94.1±96.5 days. Results Inhospital and midterm mortality were 6.6% and 10.2%, respectively. Significant MR and AR were present in 16% and 8.1% patients, including 3.1% patients with both significant MR and AR. Patients with significant versus insignificant AR differed with respect to mortality (log rank p=0.009). This difference was not apparent in a subgroup of patients without significant MR (log rank p=0.80). In a subgroup of patients without significant AR, there were no significant differences in mortality between individuals with versus without significant MR (log rank p=0.44). Significant MR and AR had a significant impact on mortality only when associated with each other (log rank p<0.0001). At multivariate Cox regression modelling concomitant significant MR and AR were independently associated with mortality (OR 3.2, 95% CI 1.54 to 5.71, p=0.002). Conclusions Significant MR or AR postprocedure, when isolated, had no impact on survival. Combined MR and AR had a significant impact on a patient's prognosis. PMID:26908096

  3. An uncommon case of isolated parachute-like asymmetric mitral valve in an adult.

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    Mochizuki, Yasuhide; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Fukuda, Yuko; Hirata, Ken-Ichi

    2014-09-01

    A 31-year-old asymptomatic male was referred to hospital for an examination of right bundle brunch block. Both, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography revealed normal left ventricular function, and two different-sized papillary muscles; the anterolateral muscle was more pronounced, with almost major chordae tendineae inserted into this dominant muscle, whereas the immature, flat posteromedial papillary muscle had very short chordae tendineae and was located higher in the left ventricle, inserted directly into the mitral annulus. The mitral valve orifice was eccentrically located at the lateral side, but no significant mitral stenosis or regurgitation was observed. No other congenital heart anomalies were identified. Thus, the final diagnosis was isolated parachute-like asymmetric mitral valve (PLAMV), without any other congenital heart anomalies. The patient was followed up closely with periodic echocardiographic examinations. Parachute mitral valve is a rare congenital cardiac defect characterized by focalized attachment of the chordae tendineae of both leaflets to a single papillary muscle. In contrast to true parachute mitral valve, PLAMV has two separate papillary muscles, one of which is more pronounced and into which all chordae are inserted. PLAMV was highly associated with other congenital heart anomalies, and the involved dominant muscle was most frequently a posteromedial papillary muscle. Isolated PLAMV in an adult is even more rare, while the presence of an immature posteromedial papillary muscle--as in the present case--is extremely rare. PMID:25799716

  4. Mitral valve disease in Marfan syndrome and related disorders.

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    Judge, Daniel P; Rouf, Rosanne; Habashi, Jennifer; Dietz, Harry C

    2011-12-01

    Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a systemic disorder of the connective tissue with pleiotropic manifestations due to heterozygous FBN1 mutations and consequent upregulation of TGFβ signaling in affected tissues. Myxomatous thickening and elongation of the mitral valve (MV) leaflets commonly occur in this condition. Investigation of murine models of this disease has led to improved understanding of the mechanisms that underlie many of the phenotypic features of MFS, including MV disease. Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is a related disorder due to heterozygous mutations in the genes encoding subunits of the TGFβ receptor, and it may also involve the MV leaflets with similar elongation and thickening of the MV leaflets. Although the genetic basis and pathogenesis of nonsyndromic MV prolapse has been elusive to date, insights derived from monogenic disorders like MFS and LDS can be informative with regard to novel gene discovery and investigation into the pathogenesis of MV disease. This manuscript will review the prevalence of MV disease in MFS, its pathogenic basis as determined in mice with Fbn1 mutations, and ongoing studies that seek to better understand MV disease in the context of fibrillin-1 deficiency or excessive TGFβ signaling. PMID:21866385

  5. Postoperative coronary artery spasm after mitral valve replacement☆

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    Pragliola, Claudio; Gaudino, Mario; Farina, Piero; Massetti, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Postoperative coronary artery spasm is an infrequent life-threatening event after cardiac surgery which can occur without an underlying coronary disease Presentation of case We report a documented case of a 67-year-old man with normal coronary arteries submitted to mitral valve replacement. Immediately after surgery he had a ST elevation in the inferior leads, and an inferior wall hypokinesia at the trans-oesophageal echo. A coronary angiography demonstrated a focal spasm in the right coronary artery which was successfully treated by intracoronary injection of nitrates. The following postoperative course was uneventful and the left ventricular function returned to normal. Discussion A coronary artery spasm should be suspected whenever a postoperative infarction occurs after valvular surgery especially in absence of associated coronary artery disease. In this cases postoperative coronary angiography allows both the diagnosis and the treatment. Conclusion This case-report summarizes the findings of this rare and potentially life-threatening cause of early postoperative ischemia and highlights the role of early coronary angiography in the cases of suspected myocardial infarction after cardiac surgery PMID:25680533

  6. Computational mitral valve evaluation and potential clinical applications.

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    Chandran, Krishnan B; Kim, Hyunggun

    2015-06-01

    The mitral valve (MV) apparatus consists of the two asymmetric leaflets, the saddle-shaped annulus, the chordae tendineae, and the papillary muscles. MV function over the cardiac cycle involves complex interaction between the MV apparatus components for efficient blood circulation. Common diseases of the MV include valvular stenosis, regurgitation, and prolapse. MV repair is the most popular and most reliable surgical treatment for early MV pathology. One of the unsolved problems in MV repair is to predict the optimal repair strategy for each patient. Although experimental studies have provided valuable information to improve repair techniques, computational simulations are increasingly playing an important role in understanding the complex MV dynamics, particularly with the availability of patient-specific real-time imaging modalities. This work presents a review of computational simulation studies of MV function employing finite element structural analysis and fluid-structure interaction approach reported in the literature to date. More recent studies towards potential applications of computational simulation approaches in the assessment of valvular repair techniques and potential pre-surgical planning of repair strategies are also discussed. It is anticipated that further advancements in computational techniques combined with the next generations of clinical imaging modalities will enable physiologically more realistic simulations. Such advancement in imaging and computation will allow for patient-specific, disease-specific, and case-specific MV evaluation and virtual prediction of MV repair. PMID:25134487

  7. Recent data on mitral valve prolapse and magnesium deficit.

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    Zeana, C D

    1988-12-01

    Idiopathic mitral valve prolapse (IMVP) is a widespread disease. IMVP may be latent, but most patients describe a great variety of symptoms. The clinical pictures of IMVP and of latent tetany are superimposed with regard to Mg deficit. IMVP appears as a late complication of latent tetany due to magnesium deficit (LTMD). The Mg deficit has various causes: insufficient Mg intake (especially during slimming diets), and depletion of Mg provoked by stress, coffee excess, corticosteroids or catecholamine excess. The high prevalence in women is mainly due to the ovarian hormones. Constitutional factors such as the HLA Bw35 antigen and the behavioural type A favour Mg depletion. The HLA-Bw35-positive individuals show a lower level of tissue Mg. In the development of the valvular lesion there are some other associated factors apart from Mg deficit which alter collagen metabolism: ascorbic acid deficit, febrile illnesses, corticosteroid excess. Symptomatology is dominated by the latent tetany syndrome. Palpitations and precordial pain are the most frequent cardiac symptoms. The click and mid-late systolic murmer do not appear in all IMVP cases. In clinical investigation the following tests are indispensable: echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, evaluation of plasma and erythrocyte Mg, calcaemia and calciuria. In particular cases more sophisticated studies are necessary. Therapy based on Mg should be applied consistently and for long periods of time. Mg therapy results in the control of latent tetany as well as in morphologic recovery. The administration of Mg in LT prevents the development of IMVP. PMID:3079420

  8. Mitral valve prolapse syndrome and associated thoracic skeletal abnormalities.

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    Kumar, U K; Sahasranam, K V

    1991-07-01

    Clinical characteristics of 60 (41 males, 19 females) patients with echocardiographically proven mitral valve prolapse were analysed, with special interest in the associated thoracic skeletal abnormalities. There was a male preponderance (2.2:1) and 91.7% of patients were symptomatic--atypical chest pain, palpitations, exertional dyspnoea and easy fatiguability being the major symptoms. Sixty seven percent had an asthenic body habitus, and 55% had high-arched palate. Thoracic scoliosis (55%), straight back syndrome (50%), flat chest (46.7%), and pectus excavatum (20%) were seen in association with the condition, with 81.7% having any one or combination of these features. Lateral chest radiography showed pancaking of heart shadow in 48.3%. Isolated non-ejection systolic click(s) was the major cardiac auscultatory finding (61.7%), while 60% showed pansystolic prolapse on echocardiography. Electrocardiographic ST-T-U changes in the inferior and/or lateral chest leads were seen in 46.7%, while 16.7% had cardiac arrhythmias. None had infective endocarditis, heart failure or cerebral embolic events. The findings corroborate the view that thoracic skeletal anomalies may be regarded as non-auscultatory features of this syndrome. PMID:1800499

  9. Postoperative Migration of an Edwards-SAPIEN XT Mitral Valve-in-Valve Treated With Direct Vision Implantation During Beating-Heart Bypass.

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    Mick, Stephanie L; Roselli, Eric E; Kapadia, Samir; Tuzcu, E Murat; Krishnaswamy, Amar; Svensson, Lars G

    2016-03-01

    Transcatheter valve-in-valve mitral valve replacement provides treatment options to high-risk patients but is subject to its own complications. We present the migration of a transcatheter balloon-expandable Edwards-SAPIEN XT valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA) within a previously implanted surgical Carpentier-Edwards valve (Edwards Lifesciences) and our novel approach to its treatment. PMID:26897205

  10. A case of the Starr-Edwards ball valve (Model 6120) in the mitral position for 45years.

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    Azuma, Shuhei; Morita, Masafumi; Yoshii, Yasuhiro; Mieno, Shigetoshi

    2015-02-01

    A 59-year-old male who had undergone mitral valve replacement with the Starr-Edwards ball valve Model 6120 (S-E ball valve) 45years ago was admitted to our hospital for hemolytic anemia and heart failure. Echocardiography revealed that there was no valve dysfunction but paravalvular leakage between the annulus of P2 and the sewing ring of the Starr-Edwards ball valve. He underwent mitral valve replacement. The S-E ball valve was successfully replaced with bileaflet mechanical valve. The explanted S-E ball valve was free from signs of structural valve degeneration. This case shows one of the longest durability of the S-E ball valve in mitral position in the world. PMID:23868200

  11. Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Anatomical Assessment of Isolated Parachute Mitral Valve in an Adult Patient.

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    López-Pardo, Francisco; Urbano-Moral, Jose Angel; González-Calle, Antonio; Laviana-Martinez, Fernando; Esteve-Ruiz, Iris; Lagos-Degrande, Oscar; López-Haldon, Jose E

    2015-11-01

    Parachute mitral valve (PMV) is a rare congenital anomaly of the mitral valve apparatus usually evidenced in infants and young children. Adult presentation is extremely rare and is generally mild in terms of mitral stenosis. A 73-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency department due to progressive dyspnea, with NYHA functional class IV symptoms on presentation. The echocardiographic examination identified a PMV with moderate mitral stenosis and a secondary smaller subvalvular mitral orifice. The report shows the usefulness of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the detection and quantification of this rare anomaly. PMID:26096823

  12. Minimally invasive concomitant aortic and mitral valve surgery: the Miami Method

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    2015-01-01

    Valve surgery via a median sternotomy has historically been the standard of care, but in the past decade various minimally invasive approaches have gained increasing acceptance. Most data available on minimally invasive valve surgery has generally involved single valve surgery. Therefore, robust data addressing surgical techniques in patients undergoing double valve surgery is lacking. For patients undergoing combined aortic and mitral valve surgery, a minimally invasive approach, performed via a right lateral thoracotomy (the Miami Method), is the preferred method at our institution. This method is safe and effective and leads to an enhanced recovery in our patients given the reduction in surgical trauma. The following perspective details our surgical approach, concepts and results for combined aortic and mitral valve surgery. PMID:25694974

  13. Surface modification of polyurethane heart valves: effects on fatigue life and calcification.

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    Bernacca, G M; Wheatley, D J

    1998-12-01

    Polyurethane heart valves can be functionally durable with minimal calcification, in vitro. In vivo, these characteristics will depend on the resistance of the polyurethane to thrombogenesis and biodegradation. Surface modification may improve the polyurethane in these respects, but may adversely affect calcification and durability. This study investigates the effects of surface modifications of two polyurethane heart valves (PEU and PEUE) on their in vitro fatigue and calcification behaviour. Modifications included heparin, taurine, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and polyethylene oxide (PEO). Neither hydrodynamic function nor leaflet thickness distribution was significantly altered by surface modification. PEO-modification was detrimental to valve fatigue durability and calcification. Heparin, taurine or aminosilane modifications of PEU valves increased durability. Aminosilane modification of PEUE valves increased durability compared with PEO modification. Appropriate surface modification may be useful to improve blood compatibility of implantable polyurethanes, and may also be advantageous as regards fatigue durability of flexing materials in longterm applications. PMID:9988359

  14. Late re-operation for aortic and mitral Starr-Edwards ball valve prostheses.

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    Aoyagi, Shigeaki; Fukunaga, Shuji; Arinaga, Koichi; Yokokura, Yoshinori; Yokokura, Hiroko; Egawa, Noriko

    2006-12-01

    Starr-Edwards ball valves removed more than 15 years after implantation were retrospectively investigated macroscopically. Eight patients required re-operation. Valve models used in the initial operations were a non-cloth-covered valve in 2 patients and a cloth-covered valve in 6. Two patients had replacement of an aortic ball valve (model 1260 and model 2320) and 6 underwent mitral valve replacement (model 6120 in one, model 6320 in 5). The mean time to re-operation was 23.0 +/- 4.8 years after implantation. Cloth wear causing significant hemolysis was observed in all cloth-covered valves, regardless of valve position. Autologous tissue growth was noted on the orifice ring and struts in both aortic and mitral prostheses. Thrombus formation was not found in any of the valves. Ball variance in silicone rubber balls was mild in the non-cloth-covered valves, even in the aortic position. The most significant problem with the cloth-covered ball valve was cloth wear. Cloth wear should always be considered when 15 years or more have passed since valve implantation. Significant hemolysis, elevation of lactate dehydrogenase values, and echocardiographic detection of transvalvular regurgitation are diagnostic of cloth wear, and are indications for replacement of a cloth-covered ball valve. PMID:17130320

  15. Stroke volume calculated from the mitral valve echogram in patients with and without ventricular dyssynergy.

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    Rasmussen, S; Corya, B C; Feigenbaum, H; Black, M J; Lovelace, D E; Phillips, J F; Noble, R J; Knoebel, S B

    1978-07-01

    A formula was derived for calculating mitral valve stroke volume (MVSV) using the rate of mitral valve (MV) opening (DE slope on the MV echogram), the vertical disease between the mitral leaflet echoes early in diastole (EE), the electrocardiographic PR interval and heart rate. The formula was tested prospectively on 80 consecutive patients from whom 95 simultaneous MV echograms and either thermodilution (45) or Fick (50) cardiac outputs were obtained. Sixteen patients were normal; 54 had coronary artery disease; three had cardiomyopathy; and seven had nonrheumatic mitral regurgitation (MR). Linear regression for stroke volume was r = 0.90, SEE +/- 6, and for cardiac output r = 0.83, SEE +/- 0.5 liter for the 73 patients without MR. The presence or absence of ventricular dyssynergy did not alter statistical findings. MVSV consistently overestimated forward stroke volume for the seven patients with MR. This study shows that the MV echogram provides an accurate, widely applicable method for calculating MVSV. PMID:647875

  16. Isolated parachute mitral valve in a 29 years old female; a case report

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    Toufan, Mehrnoush; Mahmoudi, Seyed Sajjad

    2016-01-01

    A 29-year old female patient was referred to our hospital for evaluation of dyspnea NYHA class I which begun from several months ago. The only abnormal sign found on physical examination was a grade 2/6 systolic murmur at the apex position without radiation. Echocardiography revealed normal left and right ventricular sizes and systolic function, and only one papillary muscle in left ventricular (LV) cavity which all chordae tendineae inserted into that muscle. The mitral valve orifice was eccentrically located at the lateral side with mild to moderate mitral regurgitation but without significant mitral stenosis. No other congenital heart anomalies were identified. Thus, the final diagnosis was isolated parachute mitral valve (IPMV). She was one of the very rare IPMV cases have ever been reported in adults PMID:27069567

  17. Isolated parachute mitral valve in a 29 years old female; a case report.

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    Toufan, Mehrnoush; Mahmoudi, Seyed Sajjad

    2016-01-01

    A 29-year old female patient was referred to our hospital for evaluation of dyspnea NYHA class I which begun from several months ago. The only abnormal sign found on physical examination was a grade 2/6 systolic murmur at the apex position without radiation. Echocardiography revealed normal left and right ventricular sizes and systolic function, and only one papillary muscle in left ventricular (LV) cavity which all chordae tendineae inserted into that muscle. The mitral valve orifice was eccentrically located at the lateral side with mild to moderate mitral regurgitation but without significant mitral stenosis. No other congenital heart anomalies were identified. Thus, the final diagnosis was isolated parachute mitral valve (IPMV). She was one of the very rare IPMV cases have ever been reported in adults. PMID:27069567

  18. First report of prosthetic mitral valve endocarditis due to Corynebacterium striatum: Successful medical treatment. Case report and literature review.

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    Mashavi, Margarita; Soifer, Elena; Harpaz, David; Beigel, Yitzhak

    2006-05-01

    A rare case of prosthetic mitral valve endocarditis due to Corynebacterium striatum, treated medically, is reported. While this organism has been described in a few cases of native valve endocarditis, only two cases of prosthetic aortic valve endocarditis have been reported. We herewith report the first case of successful medical treatment of prosthetic mitral valve endocarditis due to C. striatum, emphasizing the complicated clinical course and reviewing the literature regarding diagnosis and therapeutical approach. PMID:16236359

  19. Mitral valve repair with artificial chordae: a review of its history, technical details, long-term results, and pathology.

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    Bortolotti, Uberto; Milano, Aldo D; Frater, Robert W M

    2012-02-01

    Mitral valve repair is considered the procedure of choice for correcting mitral regurgitation in myxomatous disease, providing long-term results that are superior to those with valve replacement. The use of artificial chordae to replace elongated or ruptured chordae responsible for mitral valve prolapse and severe mitral regurgitation has been the subject of extensive experimental work to define feasibility, reproducibility, and effectiveness of this procedure. Artificial chordae made of autologous or xenograft pericardium have been replaced by chordae made of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a material with the unique property of becoming covered by host fibrosa and endothelium. The use of artificial chordae made of PTFE has been validated clinically over the past 2 decades and has been an increasing component of the surgical armamentarium for mitral valve repair. This article reviews the history, details of the relevant surgical techniques, long-term results, and fate of artificial chordae in mitral reconstructive surgery. PMID:22153050

  20. Inhibition of Calcification of Bioprosthetic Heart Valves by Local Controlled-Release Diphosphonate

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    Levy, Robert J.; Wolfrum, Jacqueline; Schoen, Frederick J.; Hawley, Marguerite A.; Lund, Sally Anne; Langer, Robert

    1985-04-01

    Bioprostheses fabricated from porcine aortic valves are widely used to replace diseased heart valves. Calcification is the principal cause of the clinical failure of these devices. In the present study, inhibition of the calcification of bioprosthetic heart valve cusps implanted subcutaneously in rats was achieved through the adjacent implantation of controlled-release matrices containing the anticalcification agent ethanehydroxydiphosphonate dispersed in a copolymer of ethylene-vinyl acetate. Prevention of calcification was virtually complete, without the adverse effects of retarded bone and somatic growth that accompany systemic administration of ethanehydroxydiphosphonate.

  1. Molecular Imaging Insights into Early Inflammatory Stages of Arterial and Aortic Valve Calcification

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    New, Sophie E. P.; Aikawa, Elena

    2011-01-01

    Traditional imaging modalities such as computed tomography, although perfectly adept at identifying and quantifying advanced calcification, cannot detect the early stages of this disorder and offer limited insight into the mechanisms of mineral dysregulation. This review presents optical molecular imaging as a promising tool that simultaneously detects pathobiological processes associated with inflammation and early stages of calcification in vivo at the (sub)cellular levels. Research into treatment of cardiovascular calcification is lacking, as shown by clinical trials that have failed to demonstrate the reduction of calcific aortic stenosis. Hence the need to elucidate the pathways that contribute to cardiovascular calcification and to develop new therapeutic strategies to prevent or reverse calcification has driven investigations into the use of molecular imaging. This review discusses studies that have used molecular imaging methods to advance knowledge of cardiovascular calcification, focusing in particular on the inflammation-dependent mechanisms of arterial and aortic valve calcification. PMID:21617135

  2. Takotsubo's syndrome after mitral valve repair and rescue with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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    Li, Stephanie; Koerner, Michael M; El-Banayosy, Aly; Soleimani, Behzad; Pae, Walter E; Leuenberger, Urs A

    2014-05-01

    We report a case of Takotsubo's syndrome in a 37-year-old woman after mitral valve repair for severe mitral regurgitation triggered by a severe protamine reaction that was likely associated with immune-mediated coronary hypersensitivity (Kounis' syndrome) and made worse by resuscitation with high doses of catecholamines. The patient recovered fully after a 4-day course of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy (ECMO). PMID:24792263

  3. A framework for systematic characterization of the mitral valve by real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Salcedo, Ernesto E; Quaife, Robert A; Seres, Tamas; Carroll, John D

    2009-10-01

    Because of the complex anatomy of the mitral valve, detailed imaging is a challenge. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) using two-dimensional echocardiography provides the backbone for the structural evaluation of the mitral valve. Interventional and surgical procedures on the mitral valve demand precise and sophisticated imaging for guidance and support. Three-dimensional (3D) transthoracic echocardiography and 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) are now being used with increasing frequency to provide more comprehensive evaluations of the structure and function of the mitral valve complex. In this review, the authors present a framework for the application of 3D TEE in the evaluation of patients with structural or functional mitral valve disease, outline an examination protocol, and address the advantages and limitations of the current platform for 3D TEE. Real-time 3D TEE has the real potential to become the main imaging tool for the guidance of surgical and interventional procedures on the mitral valve. Although 3D TEE provides impressive images of the mitral valve, it now must be demonstrated, through scientific studies, that these beautiful images add clinical value to the management of patients with mitral valve disease. PMID:19801300

  4. Mitral replacement: clinical experience with a ball-valve prosthesis. Twenty-five years later.

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    Cobanoglu, A; Grunkemeier, G L; Aru, G M; McKinley, C L; Starr, A

    1985-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to review the results of mitral valve replacement since a first report in the Annals of Surgery in 1961, in order to determine the relative importance of new valve designs versus other surgical variables. The continued use of the silastic ball valve in its 1966 configuration (Model 6120), by providing a comparative data base for other new prosthetic valves, allows this analysis. For a valid comparison with the tilting disc (Bjork-Shiley) and the porcine (Hancock and Carpentier-Edwards) valves, only results with the silastic ball valves implanted during comparable time frames should be used. (Formula: see text) Thus, there are no significant differences in the results obtained with the silastic ball valve in time frames comparable to other contemporary valves introduced in the early 1970s. Improved results, therefore, must be non-prosthetic valve related. Images FIG. 1. FIG. 2. FIG. 3. PMID:4037910

  5. Asymptotic Model of Fluid-Tissue Interaction for Mitral Valve Dynamics.

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    Domenichini, Federico; Pedrizzetti, Gianni

    2015-06-01

    The vortex formation process inside the left ventricle is intrinsically connected to the dynamics of the mitral leaflets while they interact with the flow crossing the valve during diastole. The description of the dynamics of a natural mitral valve still represents a challenging issue, especially because its material properties are not measurable in vivo. Medical imaging can provide some indications about the geometry of the valve, but not about its mechanical properties. In this work, we introduce a parametric model of the mitral valve geometry, whose motion is described in the asymptotic limit under the assumption that it moves with the flow, without any additional resistance other than that given by its shape, and without the need to specify its material properties. The mitral valve model is coupled with a simple description of the left ventricle geometry, and their dynamics is solved numerically together with the equations ruling the blood flow. The intra-ventricular flow is analyzed in its relationship with the valvular motion. It is found that the initial valve opening anticipates the peak velocity of the Early filling wave with little influence of the specific geometry; while subsequent closure and re-opening are more dependent on the intraventricular vortex dynamics and thus on the leaflets' geometry itself. The limitations and potential applications of the proposed model are discussed. PMID:26577230

  6. Application of color Doppler flow mapping to calculate orifice area of St Jude mitral valve

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    Leung, D. Y.; Wong, J.; Rodriguez, L.; Pu, M.; Vandervoort, P. M.; Thomas, J. D.

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The effective orifice area (EOA) of a prosthetic valve is superior to transvalvular gradients as a measure of valve function, but measurement of mitral prosthesis EOA has not been reliable. METHODS AND RESULTS: In vitro flow across St Jude valves was calculated by hemispheric proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) and segment-of-spheroid (SOS) methods. For steady and pulsatile conditions, PISA and SOS flows correlated with true flow, but SOS and not PISA underestimated flow. These principles were then used intraoperatively to calculate cardiac output and EOA of newly implanted St Jude mitral valves in 36 patients. Cardiac output by PISA agreed closely with thermodilution (r=0.91, Delta=-0.05+/-0.55 L/min), but SOS underestimated it (r=0.82, Delta=-1.33+/-0.73 L/min). Doppler EOAs correlated with Gorlin equation estimates (r=0.75 for PISA and r=0.68 for SOS, P<0.001) but were smaller than corresponding in vitro EOA estimates. CONCLUSIONS: Proximal flow convergence methods can calculate forward flow and estimate EOA of St Jude mitral valves, which may improve noninvasive assessment of prosthetic mitral valve obstruction.

  7. Mitral valve plasty in an adult patient without a right superior vena cava.

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    Kubota, Sayaka; Nakano, Kiyoharu; Kodera, Kojiro; Asano, Ryota; Kataoka, Go; Tatsuishi, Wataru

    2012-09-01

    Persistent left superior vena cava without a right superior vena cava is an extremely rare condition. We report the case of a 65-year-old woman with this condition who underwent mitral valve plasty. During cardiac catheterization, the asymptomatic patient with mitral valve prolapse syndrome was found to have a persistent left superior vena cava without a right superior vena cava. During mitral valve plasty, cardiopulmonary bypass was established using bicaval drainage through the persistent left superior vena cava and the right atrium. A cannula was inserted into the persistent left superior vena cava to provide a large surgical field in the left atrium. We selected a technique that involved direct insertion of an L-shaped cannula into the persistent left superior vena cava and obtained a clear view of the surgical field. Proper assessment of the right superior vena cava is necessary when a persistent left superior vena cava is suspected. PMID:22945860

  8. Spontaneous closure of a large left ventricular pseudoaneurysm after mitral valve replacement.

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    Inoue, Takahiro; Hashimoto, Kazuhiro; Sakamoto, Yoshimasa; Nagahori, Ryuichi; Yoshitake, Michio; Matsumura, Yoko; Takagi, Tomomitsu; Kinami, Hiroo

    2016-06-01

    Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm is a rare, but potentially fatal, condition that generally occurs as a complication of myocardial infarction, infective endocarditis, or cardiac surgery. Surgical repair is the treatment of first choice because of the marked risk of rupture, but deteriorated hemodynamics and complicated procedures to treat the pseudoaneurysm may lead to a high mortality rate. We report a 62-year-old woman with a large left ventricular pseudoaneurysm after mitral valve replacement for rheumatic mitral valve stenosis. Surgical repair was not performed due to the patient's refusal, but her pseudoaneurysm resolved spontaneously by 2 years after mitral valve replacement. Spontaneous obliteration of a large left ventricular pseudoaneurysm is very rare in a patient on warfarin therapy. This case suggests that a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm with a narrow neck may resolve spontaneously in rare settings. PMID:25224154

  9. An unusually accentuated diastolic anterior motion of the mitral valve in aortic insufficiency.

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    Rudominer, Rebecca; Saric, Muhamed; Benenstein, Ricardo; Skolnick, Adam H

    2013-01-01

    A 55-year-old woman was diagnosed with endocarditis involving the aortic valve and resulting in moderate aortic insufficiency. Transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated an unusually accentuated diastolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral valve leaflet toward the interventricular septum. The anterior leaflet remained within a few millimeters of the septum throughout diastole, with a narrow jet of aortic insufficiency separating the anterior leaflet from the septum. We hypothesize that the particularly long anterior mitral leaflet was drawn toward the septum during diastole due to the Venturi effect of the aortic insufficiency jet within a narrow ventricular outflow tract. This accentuated diastolic anterior motion may be a diastolic correlate of systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve. PMID:22678922

  10. Effect of ventricle motion on the dynamic behaviour of chorded mitral valves

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    Watton, P. N.; Luo, X. Y.; Yin, M.; Bernacca, G. M.; Wheatley, D. J.

    2008-01-01

    An Immersed Boundary (IB) model is employed to investigate the dynamic behaviour of a novel chorded mitral prosthesis, which is in the early stages of its development, under physiological flow conditions. In vivo magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of the left ventricle are analysed to determine the relative motion of the mitral annulus and the papillary muscle regions of the ventricle. The dynamic boundary conditions are incorporated into IB simulations to test the valve in a more realistic dynamic geometric environment. The IB model has successfully identified the effect of the dynamic boundary conditions on the mechanical behaviour of the valve and revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the current mitral design. The mechanical performance of the prosthesis is compared with recent studies of native porcine valves; differences in mechanical behaviour are observed. Potential improvements for the design of the prosthesis are proposed.

  11. [Left atrium thrombus after mitral valve replacement presented with syncope; report of a case].

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    Kehara, Hiromu; Takano, Tamaki; Fujii, Taishi; Yamamoto, Takateru; Nakahara, Ko; Komatsu, Kazunori; Ohtsu, Yoshinori; Terasaki, Takamitsu; Wada, Yuko; Seto, Tatsuichirou; Fukui, Daisuke; Amano, Jun

    2014-12-01

    Left atrial free ball thrombus (LABT) after mitral valve replacement (MVR) is very rare, and sudden death may occur by thrombus impaction to the mitral valve orifice. A 81-year-old woman who underwent MVR and tricuspid annuloplasty ten years ago presented with syncope. She was admitted to a hospital, and echocardiography revealed a LABT. When she took sitting position, she fainted. The free ball thrombus possibly impacted mitral valve orifice. She was transferred to our hospital and an emergent operation was performed. There was a LABT of 4 cm in diameter, which was removed. Postoperative course was uneventful. There are 12case reports which described LABT after MVR, and anticoagulant therapy was insufficient in most of those cases. Strict anticoagulant therapy is important to prevent left atrial thrombus after MVR. PMID:25434546

  12. Transesophageal echocardiographic imaging of multiple complications following mitral valve replacement

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    Brassard, Charles L; Viens, Claudia; Denault, André

    2015-01-01

    Summary We present a case of mitral valve (MV) replacement that resulted in multiple complications, as diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), including left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, aortic dissection and left ventricular rupture. We also describe that identification of bleeding originating from the posterior aspect of the heart by the surgical team should trigger a complete TEE evaluation for adequate diagnosis. An 84-year-old woman underwent a MV replacement. Weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) revealed a late-peaking gradient of 44 mmHg over the left ventricular outflow tract caused by obstruction from a bioprosthetic strut. After proper surgical correction, TEE evaluation showed a type A aortic dissection that was subsequently repaired. After separation from CPB, the surgical team identified a major bleed that originated from the posterior aspect of the heart. Although the initial suspicion was injury to the atrioventricular groove, a complete TEE evaluation confirmed a left ventricular free wall rupture by showing the dissecting jet using colour-flow Doppler. TEE is an essential component in cardiac surgery for assessment of surgical repair and potential complications. Posterior bleeding should trigger a complete TEE examination with assessment of nearby structures to rule out a life-threatening pathology. Left ventricular free wall rupture can be identified using colour-flow Doppler. Learning points Multiple complications may occur after MVR.TEE is an essential component in the evaluation of surgical repair and its potential associated complications, including LVOT obstruction, aortic dissection and LV rupture.Posterior bleeding, from the region of AV groove, should trigger a complete TEE examination with assessment of nearby structures such as the atria, coronary sinus and myocardium to rule out a life threatening pathology.The diagnosis of a LV rupture can be confirmed with 2-D imaging and colour-flow Doppler demonstrating a dissecting jet through the myocardium. PMID:26796436

  13. Distribution of Mitral Annular and Aortic Valve Calcium as Assessed by Unenhanced Multidetector Computed Tomography.

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    Koshkelashvili, Nikoloz; Codolosa, Jose N; Goykhman, Igor; Romero-Corral, Abel; Pressman, Gregg S

    2015-12-15

    Aging is associated with calcium deposits in various cardiovascular structures, but patterns of calcium deposition, if any, are unknown. In search of such patterns, we performed quantitative assessment of mitral annular calcium (MAC) and aortic valve calcium (AVC) in a broad clinical sample. Templates were created from gated computed tomography (CT) scans depicting the aortic valve cusps and mitral annular segments in relation to surrounding structures. These were then applied to CT reconstructions from ungated, clinically indicated CT scans of 318 subjects, aged ≥65 years. Calcium location was assigned using the templates and quantified by the Agatston method. Mean age was 76 ± 7.3 years; 48% were men and 58% were white. Whites had higher prevalence (p = 0.03) and density of AVC than blacks (p = 0.02), and a trend toward increased MAC (p = 0.06). Prevalence of AVC was similar between men and women, but AVC scores were higher in men (p = 0.008); this difference was entirely accounted for by whites. Within the aortic valve, the left cusp was more frequently calcified than the others. MAC was most common in the posterior mitral annulus, especially its middle (P2) segment. For the anterior mitral annulus, the medial (A3) segment calcified most often. In conclusion, AVC is more common in whites than blacks, and more intense in men, but only in whites. Furthermore, calcium deposits in the mitral annulus and aortic valve favor certain locations. PMID:26517948

  14. [Incidence and relevance of tricuspid-valve insufficiency in acquired mitral-valve defect. Analysis based on right ventricular angiograms].

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    Simon, R; Lichtlen, P

    1976-08-01

    To detect tricuspid incompetence (TI) right ventricular angiography was performed in 167 patients suffering from moderate to severe mitral valve disease. Holosystolic reflux of contrast medium to the right atrium through the central part of the tricuspid valve was thought to represent true TI, whereas a jet of contrast medium following the injection catheter and originating from the region of its valve passage was assumed to reflect arteficial regurgitation. True TI was found in 35% of the total group (30% mild to moderate, 5% severe TI). TI was often accompanied by atrial fibrillation (91%), pulmonary hypertension (74%) and reduced contraction of the tricuspid annulus (55%). Since tricuspid regurgitation in mitral valve disease commonly represents "functional" incompetence surgical intervention may be recommandable only in case of severe TI or concomitant valvular stenosis. PMID:1086005

  15. Mitral Annular and Coronary Artery Calcification Are Associated with Mortality in HIV-Infected Individuals

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    Lange, David C.; Glidden, David; Secemsky, Eric A.; Ordovas, Karen; Deeks, Steven G.; Martin, Jeffrey N.; Bolger, Ann F.; Hsue, Priscilla Y.

    2015-01-01

    Background HIV infection increases cardiovascular risk. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) and mitral annular calcification (MAC) identify patients at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The purpose of this study was to examine the association between MAC, CAC and mortality in HIV-infected individuals. Methods and Results We studied 152 asymptomatic HIV-infected individuals with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and computed tomography (CT). MAC was identified on TTE using standardized criteria. Presence of CAC, CAC score and CAC percentiles were determined using the modified Agatston criteria. Mortality data was obtained from the Social Security and National Death Indices (SSDI/NDI). The median age was 49 years; 87% were male. The median duration of HIV was 16 years; 84% took antiretroviral therapy; 64% had an undetectable viral load. CVD risk factors included hypertension (35%), smoking (62%) and dyslipidemia (35%). Twenty-five percent of individuals had MAC, and 42% had CAC. Over a median follow-up of 8 years, 11 subjects died. Subjects with CAC had significantly higher mortality compared to those with MAC only or no MAC. The Harrell’s C-statistic of CAC was 0.66 and increased to 0.75 when MAC was added (p = 0.05). MAC, prior CVD, age and HIV viral load were independently associated with higher age- and gender-adjusted CAC percentiles in an adjusted model (p < 0.05 for all). Conclusion In HIV patients, the presence of MAC, traditional risk factors and HIV viral load were independently associated with CAC. Presence of CAC and MAC may be useful in identifying HIV-infected individuals at higher risk for death. PMID:26132465

  16. Developmental basis for filamin-A-associated myxomatous mitral valve disease

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    Sauls, Kimberly; de Vlaming, Annemarieke; Harris, Brett S.; Williams, Katherine; Wessels, Andy; Levine, Robert A.; Slaugenhaupt, Susan A.; Goodwin, Richard L.; Pavone, Luigi Michele; Merot, Jean; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Le Tourneau, Thierry; Dix, Thomas; Jesinkey, Sean; Feng, Yuanyi; Walsh, Christopher; Zhou, Bin; Baldwin, Scott; Markwald, Roger R.; Norris, Russell A.

    2012-01-01

    Aims We hypothesized that the structure and function of the mature valves is largely dependent upon how these tissues are built during development, and defects in how the valves are built can lead to the pathological progression of a disease phenotype. Thus, we sought to uncover potential developmental origins and mechanistic underpinnings causal to myxomatous mitral valve disease. We focus on how filamin-A, a cytoskeletal binding protein with strong links to human myxomatous valve disease, can function as a regulatory interface to control proper mitral valve development. Methods and results Filamin-A-deficient mice exhibit abnormally enlarged mitral valves during foetal life, which progresses to a myxomatous phenotype by 2 months of age. Through expression studies, in silico modelling, 3D morphometry, biochemical studies, and 3D matrix assays, we demonstrate that the inception of the valve disease occurs during foetal life and can be attributed, in part, to a deficiency of interstitial cells to efficiently organize the extracellular matrix (ECM). This ECM organization during foetal valve gestation is due, in part, to molecular interactions between filamin-A, serotonin, and the cross-linking enzyme, transglutaminase-2 (TG2). Pharmacological and genetic perturbations that inhibit serotonin-TG2-filamin-A interactions lead to impaired ECM remodelling and engender progression to a myxomatous valve phenotype. Conclusions These findings illustrate a molecular mechanism by which valve interstitial cells, through a serotonin, TG, and filamin-A pathway, regulate matrix organization during foetal valve development. Additionally, these data indicate that disrupting key regulatory interactions during valve development can set the stage for the generation of postnatal myxomatous valve disease. PMID:22843703

  17. Giant left Atrial Myxoma Induces Mitral Valve Obstruction and Pulmonary Hypertension

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    Mashhadi, Mahpaekar; Peter, Sanjeeth

    2016-01-01

    Atrial myxomas are the commonest benign primary tumours of the heart. They are generally 2 to 6 cm in size. Depending on their size and site may result in mitral valve obstruction which may lead to pulmonary hypertension. Clinical symptoms may suggest the presence of a myxoma but echocardiography is the mainstay of diagnosis and confirmation is by histopathology. A well-formed, organized thrombus is a common differential. The report of an unusually large left atrial myxoma that occurred in a 54-year-old male causing mitral valve obstruction and pulmonary hypertension is presented here. PMID:26894077

  18. Rapid occurrence of giant left ventricular pseudoaneurysm after mitral valve replacement.

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    Rekik, Sofiene; Trabelsi, Imen; Charfeddine, Hanene; Krichene, Salma; Hentati, Mourad; Kammoun, Samir

    2008-11-01

    Left ventricular pseudoaneurysms are an uncommon and frightening complication after mitral valve replacement. We report the case of a 54-year old woman, having undergone a mitral valve replacement with uneventful postoperative course and normal echocardiographic predischarge control, who was readmitted to hospital, only 16 days later, for rapidly progressing dyspnea, and finally echocardiographically diagnosed to have a massive 8-cm long pseudoaneurysm communicating with the left ventricle through a narrow communication. The patient was proposed for emergency surgery but unfortunately died preoperatively. PMID:19004077

  19. Side-Specific Endothelial-Dependent Regulation of Aortic Valve Calcification

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    Richards, Jennifer; El-Hamamsy, Ismail; Chen, Si; Sarang, Zubair; Sarathchandra, Padmini; Yacoub, Magdi H.; Chester, Adrian H.; Butcher, Jonathan T.

    2014-01-01

    Arterial endothelial cells maintain vascular homeostasis and vessel tone in part through the secretion of nitric oxide (NO). In this study, we determined how aortic valve endothelial cells (VEC) regulate aortic valve interstitial cell (VIC) phenotype and matrix calcification through NO. Using an anchored in vitro collagen hydrogel culture system, we demonstrate that three-dimensionally cultured porcine VIC do not calcify in osteogenic medium unless under mechanical stress. Co-culture with porcine VEC, however, significantly attenuated VIC calcification through inhibition of myofibroblastic activation, osteogenic differentiation, and calcium deposition. Incubation with the NO donor DETA-NO inhibited VIC osteogenic differentiation and matrix calcification, whereas incubation with the NO blocker l-NAME augmented calcification even in 3D VIC–VEC co-culture. Aortic VEC, but not VIC, expressed endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) in both porcine and human valves, which was reduced in osteogenic medium. eNOS expression was reduced in calcified human aortic valves in a side-specific manner. Porcine leaflets exposed to the soluble guanylyl cyclase inhibitor ODQ increased osteocalcin and α-smooth muscle actin expression. Finally, side-specific shear stress applied to porcine aortic valve leaflet endothelial surfaces increased cGMP production in VEC. Valve endothelial-derived NO is a natural inhibitor of the early phases of valve calcification and therefore may be an important regulator of valve homeostasis and pathology. PMID:23499458

  20. Mitral valve prolapse is associated with altered extracellular matrix gene expression patterns.

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    Greenhouse, David G; Murphy, Alison; Mignatti, Paolo; Zavadil, Jiri; Galloway, Aubrey C; Balsam, Leora B

    2016-07-15

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is the leading indication for isolated mitral valve surgery in the United States. Disorganization of collagens and glycosaminoglycans in the valvular extracellular matrix (ECM) are histological hallmarks of MVP. We performed a transcriptome analysis to study the alterations in ECM-related gene expression in humans with sporadic MVP. Mitral valve specimens were obtained from individuals undergoing valve repair for MVP (n=7 patients) and from non-beating heart-tissue donors (n=3 controls). Purified RNA was subjected to whole-transcriptome microarray analysis. Microarray results were validated by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Gene ontology enrichment analysis was performed. 2046 unique genes showed significant differential expression (false discovery rate <0.5%). After demonstrating appropriate sample clustering, microarray results were globally validated using a subset of 22 differentially expressed genes by RT-qPCR (Pearson's correlation r=0.65, p=0.001). Gene ontology enrichment analyses performed with ErmineJ and DAVID Bioinformatics Database demonstrated overrepresentation of ECM components (p<0.05). Functional annotation clustering calculated enrichment of ECM-related ontology groups (enrichment score=4.1). ECM-related gene expression is significantly altered in MVP. Our study is consistent with the histologically observed alterations in collagen and mucopolysaccharide profiles of myxomatous mitral valves. Furthermore, whole-transcriptome analyses suggest dysregulation of multiple pathways, including TGF-beta signaling. PMID:27063507

  1. Development of Off-pump Mitral Valve Replacement in a Porcine Model

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    Gillespie, Matthew J.; Aoki, Chikashi; Satoshi, Takebayashi; Shimaoka, Toru; McGarvey, Jeremy R.; Gorman, Robert C.; Gorman, Joseph H.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose We describe our initial experience with on-bypass and off-bypass (off-pump) mitral valve replacement with the modified version of our novel catheter-based sutureless mitral valve (SMV2) technology, which was developed to atraumatically anchor and seal in the mitral position. Description The SMV is a self-expanding device consisting of a custom designed nitinol framework and a pericardial leaflet valve mechanism. For the current studies our original device was modified (SMV2) to reduce the delivery profile and to allow for controlled deployment whilst still maintaining the key principles necessary for atraumatic anchoring and sealing in the MV position. Evaluation Ten Yorkshire pigs underwent successful SMV2 device implantation via a left atriotomy (on-pump N=6; off-pump N=4). Echocardiography and angiography revealed excellent LV systolic function, no significant perivalvular leak, no MV stenosis, no left ventricular (LV) outflow tract obstruction and no aortic valve insufficiency. Necropsy demonstrated that the SMV2 devices were anchored securely. Conclusions This study demonstrates the feasibility and short-term success of off-pump mitral valve replacement using a novel, catheter-based device in a porcine model. PMID:25841820

  2. Late results of combined percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty of mitral and tricuspid valves.

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    Sancaktar, O; Kumbasar, S D; Semiz, E; Yalçinkaya, S

    1998-11-01

    Although combined mitral and tricuspid stenosis are rarely seen in patients with rheumatic heart disease, when both exist together, combined percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty can be an alternative to surgical treatment in suitable cases. We present the immediate and late follow up results of 12 patients with rheumatic tricuspid and mitral stenosis treated with combined percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty. Twelve patients (11 female, 91.7%; 1 male, 8.3%) with a mean age of 35.3 +/- 6.4 years were enrolled in the study. The patients were followed up for 38.8 +/- 12.6 months. The mitral valve area increased from 1.2 +/- 0.2 cm2 to 2.3 +/- 0.2 cm2 (P < 0.01) and on follow up the mitral valve area did not differ significantly (2.2 +/- 0.2 cm2; P > 0.05). The tricuspid valve area increased from 1.6 +/- 0.3 cm2 to 3.2 +/- 0.2 cm2 (P < 0.01) and on follow up the tricuspid valve area did not differ significantly (3.1 +/- 0.2 cm2; P > 0.05). Two patients (16.6%) had tricuspid restenosis and tricuspid re-valvuloplasty. One other patient (8.3%) was referred to surgery 14 months after the procedure secondary to severe tricuspid regurgitation. In conclusion, this study demonstrates a sustained benefit on late follow up after combined percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty of mitral and tricuspid valves and confirms the efficacy and safety of the procedure as an alternative to surgery in selected cases of combined mitral and tricuspid stenosis. PMID:9829880

  3. A meta-analysis of robotic vs. conventional mitral valve surgery

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    Wolfenden, Hugh; Liou, Kevin; Pathan, Faraz; Gupta, Sunil; Nienaber, Thomas A.; Chandrakumar, David; Indraratna, Praveen; Yan, Tristan D.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives The present study is the first meta-analysis to compare the surgical outcomes of robotic vs. conventional mitral valve surgery in patients with degenerative mitral valve disease. Methods A systematic review of the literature was conducted to identify all relevant studies with comparative data on robotic vs. conventional mitral valve surgery. Predefined primary endpoints included mortality, stroke and reoperation for bleeding. Secondary endpoints included cross-clamp time, cardiopulmonary bypass time, length of hospitalization and duration of intensive care unit (ICU) stay. Echocardiographic outcomes were assessed when possible. Results Six relevant retrospective studies with comparative data for robotic vs. conventional mitral valve surgery were identified from the existing literature. Meta-analysis demonstrated a superior perioperative survival outcome for patients who underwent robotic surgery. Incidences of stroke and reoperation were not statistically different between the two treatment arms. Patients who underwent robotic surgery required a significantly longer period of cardiopulmonary bypass time and cross-clamp time. However, the lengths of hospitalization and ICU stay were not significantly different. Both surgical techniques appeared to achieve satisfactory echocardiographic outcomes in the majority of patients. Conclusions Current evidence on comparative outcomes of robotic vs. conventional mitral surgery is limited, and results of the present meta-analysis should be interpreted with caution due to differing patient characteristics. However, it has been demonstrated that robotic mitral valve surgery can be safely performed by expert surgeons for selected patients. A successful robotic program is dependent on a specially trained team and a sufficient volume of referrals to attain and maintain safety. PMID:26309839

  4. A comparative study of the morphology of mammalian chordae tendineae of the mitral and tricuspid valves

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    Hutchison, Jennifer; Rea, Paul

    2015-01-01

    It is assumed that the human heart is almost identical to domestic mammalian species, but with limited literature to support this. One such area that has been underinvestigated is that of the subvalvular apparatus level. The authors set out to examine the morphology of the subvalvular apparatus of the mammalian atrioventricular valves through gross dissection and microscopic analysis in a small-scale pilot study. The authors examined the chordae tendineae of the mitral and tricuspid valves in sheep, pig and bovine hearts, comparing the numbers of each of these structures within and between species. It was found that the number of chordae was up to twice as many for the tricuspid valve compared with the mitral valve. The counts for the chordae on the three valve leaflets of the tricuspid valve, as well as the two mitral valve leaflets, were almost identical between species. However, the chordae attaching onto the posterior papillary muscle were almost double compared with the septal and anterior papillary muscles. Histological analysis demonstrated an abrupt transitional zone. In conclusion, the authors have shown that there is no gross morphological difference between, or within, these species at the subvalvular apparatus level. PMID:26644912

  5. Clinical trial experience with the MitraClip catheter based mitral valve repair system.

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    Maisano, Francesco; Godino, Cosmo; Giacomini, Andrea; Denti, Paolo; Arendar, Iryna; Buzzatti, Nicola; Canna, Giovanni La; Alfieri, Ottavio; Colombo, Antonio

    2011-12-01

    Severe mitral regurgitation (MR) confers a poor prognosis, in particular for patients with heart failure. Based on the results of the Euro Heart Survey, a large proportion of patients with mitral regurgitation is not referred to surgery and many other patients are rejected for cardiac surgery due to the high surgical risk or co-pathologies. Improving ventricular function with ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers and CRT may reduce mitral regurgitation, but for most patients a mechanical intervention is ultimately preferable. Mitral valve surgery is invasive and requires a long recovery period; therefore, less invasive and effective approaches are highly desirable, particularly in high risk patients. Therefore, new techniques have been recently developed to treat MR with percutaneous approach. The MitraClip device (Abbott Vascular, Menlo Park, CA) is used to treat both functional and degenerative mitral valve regurgitation. Its safety and efficacy has been initially tested in the Endovascular Valve Edge-to-Edge REpair Study (EVEREST), while MitraClip has been compared to surgery in the EVEREST II randomized trial. Besides EVEREST trials, safety and efficacy of the device as well as its health economic value is under evaluation in ongoing registries. Although the field of catheter based management of MR is at an early stage, initial clinical results have demonstrated that catheter based approaches can reduce MR, suggesting there is a great deal of potential for clinical benefit to patients with MR. PMID:21503702

  6. Aortic valve calcification in 499 consecutive patients referred for computed tomography

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    Hryniewiecki, Tomasz; Micha?owska, Ilona; K?pka, Cezary; Abramczuk, El?bieta; Or?owska-Baranowska, Ewa; Ru?y??o, Witold

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Aortic valve calcification (AVC) is the most common cause of aortic stenosis. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of aortic valve, coronary artery and aortic calcifications and to evaluate the correlation between calcification of the aortic valve, coronary arteries and aorta. Material and methods The study included 499 patients aged 60 years and over who underwent coronary computed tomography because of chest pain. Beside coronary artery calcium score (CAC), we evaluated AVC and ascending aorta calcifications (AAC). Results Aortic valve calcification was found in 144 subjects (28.9% of the whole study population). Prevalence of CAC and AAC was higher than AVC and amounted to 73.8% and 54.0%. Prevalence of AVC, CAC and AAC was significantly lower in the group of patients ? 70 years than in the group of patients > 70 years of age (p = 0.0002, p < 0.0001, p < 0.0001). Aortic valve calcification was more often observed in men than women (34.7% vs. 25.4%, p = 0.02). Degree of aortic valve calcification was also significantly higher among men than women (median score 4 vs. 0, p = 0.01). Similar observations were true for CAC and AAC, where both prevalence and degree of calcification was higher among men than women. In the whole study population no correlation was noted between AVC and CAC or AAC (p = 0.34, p = 0.85). There was a significant correlation between AAC and CAC (p < 0.0001). Conclusions Despite some similarities in pathological mechanism and risk factors, a degenerative defect of the aortic valve could be independent of atheromatous lesions in the coronary arteries and aorta. PMID:26528335

  7. Computer-enhanced mitral valve surgery: toward a total endoscopic procedure.

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    Falk, V; Autschbach, R; Krakor, R; Walther, T; Diegeler, A; Onnasch, J F; Chitwood, W R; Mohr, F W

    1999-07-01

    The aim of the study was to develop a computer-enhanced, video-assisted approach for mitral valve repair as a potential step toward a complete endoscopic procedure. In 10 patients with nonischemic mitral valve insufficiency, computer-enhanced telemetric mitral valve repair using the Intuitive surgical telemanipulation system was performed. A femorofemoral bypass was initiated using Port-Access (Heartport, Redwood City, CA) cannulation. A small minithoracotomy was made in the right 4th intercostal space, and a custom-made rib retractor was placed. The pericardium was opened manually, and four traction stay sutures were placed to enhance exposure. After endoaortic balloon clamping, the left atrium was opened and stabilized. The end-effectors were placed in the left atrium through two ports (3rd ICS and 6th ICS, midaxillary line). A 30 degrees three-dimensional (3D)-videoscope angled up was placed through the incision. Mitral valve repair was then performed remotely from the surgical console. This included inspection of the valve, leaflet resection, leaflet repair, and ring implantation. After completion of the repair and testing of the valve, the end effectors were withdrawn, and the left atrium was closed manually using standard endoscopic instruments (Heartport). In all but 1 patient, successful repair, including quadrangular resection, chordal shortening, Whooler-plasty, and Alfieri-plasty, could be accomplished using the computer-enhanced telemanipulation system. A partial ring was implanted in 6 patients and a complete ring was implanted in 3 patients, respectively. Time for surgery, CPB, and clamp time were 170 to 330 minutes (median, 185 minutes), 140 to 220 minutes (median, 149 minutes), and 78 to 133 minutes (median, 94 minutes), respectively. In one patient, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) showed insufficient repair, a second surgery was performed via an enlarged left thoracotomy. One patient with recurrent mitral insufficiency had to have a second surgery on postoperative day 3 for a torn-out ring. Median time of hospitalization was 8 days. At 3 months follow-up (completed in 7 patients), all patients had improved clinically. Computer-enhanced mitral valve repair is feasible and can be performed with good functional results. The telemanipulation system offers the potential for true endoscopic mitral valve repair. However, surgical time is prolonged, and a learning curve has to be overcome. PMID:10451255

  8. Achieved Anticoagulation vs Prosthesis Selection for Mitral Mechanical Valve Replacement

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    Le Tourneau, Thierry; Lim, Vanessa; Inamo, Jocelyn; Miller, Fletcher A.; Mahoney, Douglas W.; Schaff, Hartzell V.; Enriquez-Sarano, Maurice

    2009-01-01

    Background: Thromboembolic events (TEs) are frequent after mechanical mitral valve replacement (MVR), but their association to anticoagulation quality is unclear and has never been studied in a population-based setting with patients who have a complete anticoagulation record. Methods: We compiled a complete record of all residents of Olmsted County, MN, who underwent mechanical MVR between 1981 and 2004, for all TE, bleeding episodes, and international normalized ratios (INRs) measured from prosthesis implantation. Results: In the 112 residents (mean [± SD] age, 57 ± 16 years; 60% female residents) who underwent mechanical MVR, 19,647 INR samples were obtained. While INR averaged 3.02 ± 0.57, almost 40% of INRs were < 2 or > 4.5. Thirty-four TEs and 28 bleeding episodes occurred during a mean duration of 8.2 ± 6.1 years of follow-up. There was no trend of association of INR (average, SD, growth variance rate, or intensity-specific incidence of events) with TE. Previous cardiac surgery (p = 0.014) and ball prosthesis (hazard ratio [HR], 2.92; 95% CI, 1.43 to 5.94; p = 0.003) independently determined TE. With MVR using a ball prosthesis, despite higher anticoagulation intensity (p = 0.002), the 8-year rate of freedom from TE was considerably lower (50 ± 9% vs 81 ± 5%, respectively; p < 0.0001). Compared with expected stroke rates in the population, stroke risk was elevated with non-ball prosthesis MVR (HR 2.6; 95% CI, 1.3 to 5.2; p = 0.007) but was considerable with ball prosthesis MVR (HR 11.7; 95% CI, 7.5 to 18.4; p < 0.0001). INR variability (SD) was higher with a higher mean INR value (p < 0.0001). INR variability (HR 2.485; 95% CI, 1.11 to 5.55; p = 0.027) and cancer history (p < 0.0001) independently determined bleeding rates. Conclusion: This population-based comprehensive study of anticoagulation and TE post-MVR shows that, in these closely anticoagulated patients, anticoagulation intensity was highly variable and not associated with TE incidence post-MVR. Higher anticoagulation intensity is linked to higher variability and, thus, to bleeding. The MVR-ball prosthesis design is associated with higher TE rates notwithstanding higher anticoagulation intensity, and its use should be retired worldwide. PMID:19482955

  9. In vivo dynamic deformation of the mitral valve annulus.

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    Eckert, Chad E; Zubiate, Brett; Vergnat, Mathieu; Gorman, Joseph H; Gorman, Robert C; Sacks, Michael S

    2009-09-01

    Though mitral valve (MV) repair surgical procedures have increased in the United States [Gammie, J. S., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 87(5):1431-1437, 2009; Nowicki, E. R., et al. Am. Heart J. 145(6):1058-1062, 2003], studies suggest that altering MV stress states may have an effect on tissue homeostasis, which could impact the long-term outcome [Accola, K. D., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 79(4):1276-1283, 2005; Fasol, R., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 77(6):1985-1988, 2004; Flameng, W., P. Herijgers, and K. Bogaerts. Circulation 107(12):1609-1613, 2003; Gillinov, A. M., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 69(3):717-721, 2000]. Improved computational modeling that incorporates structural and geometrical data as well as cellular components has the potential to predict such changes; however, the absence of important boundary condition information limits current efforts. In this study, novel high definition in vivo annular kinematic data collected from surgically implanted sonocrystals in sheep was fit to a contiguous 3D spline based on quintic-order hermite shape functions with C(2) continuity. From the interpolated displacements, the annular axial strain and strain rate, bending, and twist along the entire annulus were calculated over the cardiac cycle. Axial strain was shown to be regionally and temporally variant with minimum and maximum values of -10 and 4%, respectively, observed. Similarly, regionally and temporally variant strain rate values, up to 100%/s contraction and 120%/s elongation, were observed. Both annular bend and twist data showed little deviation from unity with limited regional variations, indicating that most of the energy for deformation was associated with annular axial strain. The regionally and temporally variant strain/strain rate behavior of the annulus are related to the varied fibrous-muscle structure and contractile behavior of the annulus and surrounding ventricular structures, although specific details are still unavailable. With the high resolution shape and displacement information described in this work, high fidelity boundary conditions can be prescribed in future MV finite element models, leading to new insights into MV function and strategies for repair. PMID:19585241

  10. In Vivo Dynamic Deformation of the Mitral Valve Annulus

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    Eckert, Chad E.; Zubiate, Brett; Vergnat, Mathieu; Gorman, Joseph H.; Gorman, Robert C.; Sacks, Michael S.

    2010-01-01

    Though mitral valve (MV) repair surgical procedures have increased in the United States [Gammie, J. S., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 87(5):1431–1437, 2009; Nowicki, E. R., et al. Am. Heart J. 145(6):1058–1062, 2003], studies suggest that altering MV stress states may have an effect on tissue homeostasis, which could impact the long-term outcome [Accola, K. D., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 79(4):1276–1283, 2005; Fasol, R., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 77(6):1985–1988, 2004; Flameng, W., P. Herijgers, and K. Bogaerts. Circulation 107(12):1609–1613, 2003; Gillinov, A. M., et al. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 69(3):717–721, 2000]. Improved computational modeling that incorporates structural and geometrical data as well as cellular components has the potential to predict such changes; however, the absence of important boundary condition information limits current efforts. In this study, novel high definition in vivo annular kinematic data collected from surgically implanted sonocrystals in sheep was fit to a contiguous 3D spline based on quintic-order hermite shape functions with C2 continuity. From the interpolated displacements, the annular axial strain and strain rate, bending, and twist along the entire annulus were calculated over the cardiac cycle. Axial strain was shown to be regionally and temporally variant with minimum and maximum values of −10 and 4%, respectively, observed. Similarly, regionally and temporally variant strain rate values, up to 100%/s contraction and 120%/s elongation, were observed. Both annular bend and twist data showed little deviation from unity with limited regional variations, indicating that most of the energy for deformation was associated with annular axial strain. The regionally and temporally variant strain/strain rate behavior of the annulus are related to the varied fibrous-muscle structure and contractile behavior of the annulus and surrounding ventricular structures, although specific details are still unavailable. With the high resolution shape and displacement information described in this work, high fidelity boundary conditions can be prescribed in future MV finite element models, leading to new insights into MV function and strategies for repair. PMID:19585241

  11. Fragmentation hemolysis in a patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and mitral valve prolapse.

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    Maeda, T; Ashie, T; Kikuiri, K; Fukuyama, S; Yamaguchi, Y; Yoshida, E; Shimamoto, K; Iimura, O

    1992-09-01

    We encountered a 65-year-old female with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and mitral valve prolapse who had infective endocarditis and hemolytic anemia. The infecting organism of endocarditis was group A streptococci. With regard to the etiology of the hemolytic anemia, fragmentation hemolysis was considered because fragmented red cells and elevated lactic dehydrogenase were observed. Haptoglobin was markedly decreased. Coombs' test, Ham's test and abnormal hemoglobin were negative. She had not had a hemolytic attack in the past. Ultrasonic cardiography showed asymmetrical septal hypertrophy, mitral valve prolapse and 285 mmHg of calculated pressure gradient in the left ventricle. Cardiac catheterization showed 115 mmHg of left intraventricular pressure gradient and mitral regurgitation (grade 2). Hemolysis was slightly improved after treatment with propranolol. Thus, fragmentation of the normal red cells seemed to be due to shear stress. PMID:1404852

  12. Atypical Early Aspergillus Endocarditis Post Prosthetic Mitral Valve Repair: A Case Report

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    Abuzaid, Ahmed AbdulAziz; Zaki, Mahmood; Tarif, Habib

    2015-01-01

    A 64-year-old female operated 1 month previous for mitral valve repair presented with acute respiratory distress and dyspnea. Echocardiography showed large echogenic valvular mass measuring 2.3 × 1.3 cm with severe mitral regurgitation and dehiscence of the mitral ring posteriorly. The mass was attached subvalvularly to the ventricular septal-free wall and eroding through it, which required complete aggressive dissection of the infected tissues. Diagnosis was confirmed after resection of the valve by multiple negative blood cultures and positive valvular tissue for Aspergillus fumigatus endocarditis. She was treated with high dose of voriconazole for 3 months. Her postoperative period was complicated by acute-on-chronic renal failure. She responded very well to the management. PMID:25838877

  13. [Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction after mitral valve plasty; report of a case].

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    Takahashi, Ai; Uchida, Tetsuro; Kim, Cholsu; Maekawa, Yoshiyuki; Jimbu, Ryota; Mizumoto, Masahiro; Hirooka, Shuto; Yasumoto, Takumi; Yoshimura, Yukihiro; Sadahiro, Mitsuaki

    2014-09-01

    A 65-year-old female was admitted to our hospital with mitral regurgitation (MR). Transthoracic echocardiography showed severe mitral valve prolapse and subaortic septal hypertrophy with no pressure gradient. Mitral valve plasty consisted of artificial chorda implantation and ring annuloplasty was performed. During intensive care unit( ICU) stay after operation, systolic murmur and low cardiac output syndrome were noted and echocardiography revealed left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) without systolic anterior motion and MR. Cessation of catecholamine, volume administration, beta-blocker and negative inotropic drug like cibenzoline rapidly reduced LVOTO and the hemodynamic condition was improved. Even in a case of subaortic septal hypertrophy with no pressure gradient, emergence of LVOTO should be considered when new systolic murmur and low cardiac output syndrome appeared. PMID:25201369

  14. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Connective tissue variations in skin biopsy and mitral valve function.

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    Westling, L; Holm, S; Wallentin, I

    1992-12-01

    Ten women with temporomandibular joint dysfunction and general joint hypermobility (score, 4 to 8) and 10 symptom-free female volunteers without systemic laxity (score, 0 to 2) were selected for the study. A biopsy of connective tissue from arm skin found that the total collagen concentrations were lower and the proteoglycan values were higher in the hypermobile TMJ patients than in the control subjects. The mitral region of the heart was inspected by echocardiography. Eight patients and four controls had slightly abnormal echocardiographic findings. Two patients fulfilled the criteria for mitral valve prolapse. The patients had significantly more musculoskeletal complaints than did the controls. The study suggests an association between joint hypermobility, abnormal skin connective tissue composition, mitral valve malfunction, and musculoskeletal disorders in young women with TMJ dysfunction, especially internal derangement. PMID:1488224

  15. Vertical left ventricular angulation assessed by thallium 201 myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with mitral valve prolapse

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    Arora, R.R.; Horowitz, S.F.; Machac, J.; Goldman, M.E.

    1986-01-01

    Mitral valve prolapse has been associated with septal to aortic root angle abnormalities determined by echocardiography. Thallium 201 imaging in the anterior view permits visualization of the left ventricular long axis. In the present study, the vertical angle was defined as the angle formed by the long axis of the left ventricle and a horizontal line. The vertical angle was determined in 25 patients who had 201 TL stress testing and M-mode echocardiography. Group I (11 patients) had mitral valve prolapse and group II (14 patients) did not have mitral valve prolapse. The vertical angle and ultrasound were read blinded to each other. Height, weight, and body surface area were compared for the two groups, and receiver operator curve analysis performed. Vertical angle measured by TL 201 was significantly more vertical in patients with mitral valve prolapse. Receiver operator curve analysis showed that an angle of greater than 30 degrees successfully identified 9/11 patients with mitral valve prolapse, with a sensitivity of 82% and a specificity of 79%. There were no significant differences in height, weight, or body surface area between the two groups. Thus, patients with mitral valve prolapse have more vertically positioned hearts than patients without mitral valve prolapse, independent of body habitus. The different appearance of a vertically oriented heart may contribute to false-positive readings of TL 201 images.

  16. Phasic disappearance of left circumflex coronary artery from an early complication of mitral valve surgery.

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    Devabhaktuni, Subodh; Sunkara, Nirmal; Ahsan, Chowdhury

    2015-11-01

    LV pseudoaneurysm can be a late complication of mitral valve replacement. In our case, it was an early postoperative complication. This pseudoaneurysm was causing compression of LCX artery during systole, leading to presentation of NSTEMI two weeks after the surgery. PMID:26576286

  17. Procedural guidance using advance imaging techniques for percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair.

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    Quaife, Robert A; Salcedo, Ernesto E; Carroll, John D

    2014-02-01

    The complexity of structural heart disease interventions such as edge-to edge mitral valve repair requires integration of multiple highly technical imaging modalities. Real time imaging with 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography is a relatively new technique that first, allows clear volumetric imaging of target structures such as the mitral valve for both pre-procedural diagnosis and planning in patients with degenerative or functional mitral valve regurgitation. Secondly it provides intra-procedural, real-time panoramic volumetric 3D view of structural heart disease targets that facilitates eye-hand coordination while manipulating devices within the heart. X-ray fluoroscopy and RT 3D TEE images are used in combination to display specific targets and movement of catheter based technologies in 3D space. This integration requires at least two different image display monitors and mentally fusing the individual datasets by the operator. Combined display technology such as this, allow rotation and orientation of both dataset perspectives necessary to define targets and guidance of structural disease device procedures. The inherently easy concept of direct visual feedback and eye-hand coordination allows safe and efficient completion of MitraClip procedures. This technology is now merged into a single structural heart disease guidance mode called EchoNavigator(TM) (Philips Medical Imaging Andover, MA). These advanced imaging techniques have revolutionized the field of structural heart disease interventions and this experience is exemplified by a cooperative imaging approach used for guidance of edge-to-edge mitral valve repair procedures. PMID:24430014

  18. Phasic disappearance of left circumflex coronary artery from an early complication of mitral valve surgery

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    Devabhaktuni, Subodh; Sunkara, Nirmal; Ahsan, Chowdhury

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message LV pseudoaneurysm can be a late complication of mitral valve replacement. In our case, it was an early postoperative complication. This pseudoaneurysm was causing compression of LCX artery during systole, leading to presentation of NSTEMI two weeks after the surgery. PMID:26576286

  19. Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm found after mitral valve replacement performed 30 years earlier.

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    Castilla, Elena; Gato, Manuel; Ruiz, José Ramón

    2010-03-01

    Pseudoaneurysm of the left ventricle (LV) is a rare cardiac disease that occurs after myocardial infarction or cardiac surgery. Because patients frequently present with nonspecific symptoms, a high index of suspicion is needed to make the diagnosis. This report describes an unusual case demonstrating a large LV pseudoaneurysm after mitral valve replacement performed 30 years earlier. PMID:20197588

  20. Clinical trial design principles and endpoint definitions for transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement: part 2: endpoint definitions: A consensus document from the Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium.

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    Stone, Gregg W; Adams, David H; Abraham, William T; Kappetein, Arie Pieter; Généreux, Philippe; Vranckx, Pascal; Mehran, Roxana; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Leon, Martin B; Piazza, Nicolo; Head, Stuart J; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Vahanian, Alec S

    2015-08-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the most prevalent valve disorders and has numerous aetiologies, including primary (organic) MR, due to underlying degenerative/structural mitral valve (MV) pathology, and secondary (functional) MR, which is principally caused by global or regional left ventricular remodelling and/or severe left atrial dilation. Diagnosis and optimal management of MR requires integration of valve disease and heart failure specialists, MV cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists with expertise in structural heart disease, and imaging experts. The introduction of trans- catheter MV therapies has highlighted the need for a consensus approach to pragmatic clinical trial design and uniform endpoint definitions to evaluate outcomes in patients with MR. The Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium is a collaboration between leading academic research organizations and physician-scientists specializing in MV disease from the United States and Europe. Three in-person meetings were held in Virginia and New York during which 44 heart failure, valve, and imaging experts, MV surgeons and interventional cardiologists, clinical trial specialists and statisticians, and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considered all aspects of MV pathophysiology, prognosis, and therapies, culminating in a 2-part document describing consensus recommendations for clinical trial design (Part 1) and endpoint definitions (Part 2) to guide evaluation of transcatheter and surgical therapies for MR. The adoption of these recommendations will afford robustness and consistency in the comparative effectiveness evaluation of new devices and approaches to treat MR. These principles may be useful for regulatory assessment of new transcatheter MV devices, as well as for monitoring local and regional outcomes to guide quality improvement initiatives. PMID:26170468

  1. Hemodynamic rounds series: Left heart catheterization and mitral balloon valvuloplasty in a patient with a mechanical aortic valve.

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    Kosmicki, Douglas; Michaels, Andrew D

    2008-02-15

    Patients with rheumatic heart disease and a history of mechanical aortic valve replacement will occasionally present with significant mitral stenosis for consideration of mitral balloon valvuloplasty. The conventional retrograde trans-aortic method for left heart catheterization cannot be done for patients with a mechanical aortic valve. We present a patient with a mechanical aortic valve who underwent successful left heart catheterization and mitral valvuloplasty via a transseptal approach. A 5 French pigtail catheter was advanced through the left atrial 8 French Mullins sheath into the left ventricle, for simultaneous pressure measurement across the mitral valve. This manuscript discusses the strengths and weaknesses of several approaches for left heart catheterization in patients with a mechanical aortic valve. PMID:18288758

  2. Mitral Valve Replacement via Anterolateral Right Thoracotomy without Cross-Clamping in a Patient with Fungal Infective Endocarditis and Functioning Internal Mammary Artery after Previous Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting and Mitral Valve Repair.

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    Taguchi, Takahiro; Dillon, Jeswant; Yakub, Mohd Azhari

    2016-01-01

    A 55-year-old man developed severe mitral regurgitation with persistent fungal infective endocarditis 8 months after coronary artery bypass grafting with a left internal mammary artery and 2 saphenous veins, as well as mitral valve repair with a prosthetic ring. Echocardiography demonstrated severe mitral regurgitation and a valvular vegetation. Computed tomography coronary arteriography indicated that all grafts were patent and located intimately close to the sternum. Median resternotomy was not attempted due to the risk of injury to the bypass grafts, and therefore, a right anterolateral thoracotomy approach was utilized. Mitral valve replacement was performed with the patient under deep hypothermia and ventricular fibrillation without aortic cross-clamping. The patient`s postoperative course was uneventful. Thus, right anterolateral thoracotomy may be a superior approach to mitral valve surgery in patients who have undergone prior coronary artery bypass grafting. PMID:26913683

  3. Effects of tilting disk heart valve gap width on regurgitant flow through an artificial heart mitral valve.

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    Maymir, J C; Deutsch, S; Meyer, R S; Geselowitz, D B; Tarbell, J M

    1997-09-01

    While many investigators have measured the turbulent stresses associated with forward flow through tilting disk heart valves, only recently has attention been given to the regurgitant jets formed as fluid is squeezed through the gap between the occluder and housing of a closed valve. The objective of this investigation was to determine the effect of gap width on the turbulent stresses of the regurgitant jets through a Björk-Shiley monostrut tilting disk heart valve seated in the mitral position of a Penn State artificial heart. A 2 component laser-Doppler velocimetry system with a temporal resolution of 1 ms was used to measure the instantaneous velocities in the regurgitant jets in the major and minor orifices around the mitral valve. The gap width was controlled through temperature variation by taking advantage of the large difference between the thermal expansion coefficients of the Delrin occluder and the Stellite housing of Björk-Shiley monostrut valves. The turbulent shear stress and mean (ensemble averaged) velocity were incorporated into a model of red blood cell damage to assess the potential for hemolytic damage at each gap width investigated. The results revealed that the minor orifice tends to form stronger jets during regurgitant flow than the major orifice, indicating that the gap width is not uniform around the circumference of the valve. Based on the results of a red blood cell damage model, the hemolytic potential of the mitral valve decreases as the gap width increases. This investigation also established that the hemolytic potential of the regurgitant phase of valve operation is comparable to, if not greater than, the hemolytic potential of forward flow, consistent with experimental data on hemolysis. PMID:9288873

  4. Model-driven physiological assessment of the mitral valve from 4D TEE

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    Voigt, Ingmar; Ionasec, Razvan Ioan; Georgescu, Bogdan; Houle, Helene; Huber, Martin; Hornegger, Joachim; Comaniciu, Dorin

    2009-02-01

    Disorders of the mitral valve are second most frequent, cumulating 14 percent of total number of deaths caused by Valvular Heart Disease each year in the United States and require elaborate clinical management. Visual and quantitative evaluation of the valve is an important step in the clinical workflow according to experts as knowledge about mitral morphology and dynamics is crucial for interventional planning. Traditionally this involves examination and metric analysis of 2D images comprising potential errors being intrinsic to the method. Recent commercial solutions are limited to specific anatomic components, pathologies and a single phase of cardiac 4D acquisitions only. This paper introduces a novel approach for morphological and functional quantification of the mitral valve based on a 4D model estimated from ultrasound data. A physiological model of the mitral valve, covering the complete anatomy and eventual shape variations, is generated utilizing parametric spline surfaces constrained by topological and geometrical prior knowledge. The 4D model's parameters are estimated for each patient using the latest discriminative learning and incremental searching techniques. Precise evaluation of the anatomy using model-based dynamic measurements and advanced visualization are enabled through the proposed approach in a reliable, repeatable and reproducible manner. The efficiency and accuracy of the method is demonstrated through experiments and an initial validation based on clinical research results. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time such a patient specific 4D mitral valve model is proposed, covering all of the relevant anatomies and enabling to model the common pathologies at once.

  5. Hydraulic orifice formula for echographic measurement of the mitral valve area in stenosis. Application to M-mode echocardiography and correlation with cardiac catheterisation.

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    Seitz, W S; Furukawa, K

    1981-01-01

    A mitral valve orifice equation has been formulated which allows the computation of mitral valve area (A) from the echographically measurable variables of stroke volume (SV) and diastolic filling period (DFP) in seconds per minute by the formula, A=21 (SV)/(DFP)2. Mitral valve areas computed from M-mode echographic measurements are shown to correlate with areas computed by the Gorlin formula (r-0.90) for resting state conditions of predominant mitral stenosis of clinical grades 2 to 4. The results suggest that, in the absence of wall motion irregularities, M-mode echocardiography can quantitatively assess the mitral valve area in stenosis. PMID:7272110

  6. [The meaning of the systolic progression of the mitral valve for the outflow tract obstruction in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). Studies by means of a valve model].

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    Lemke, R; Kaltenbach, M

    1979-10-01

    We constructed two valve models in order to investigate the cause of SAM of the mitral valve and the cause of the outflow tract obstruction in HOCM. With model 1 we were able to demonstrate that a subvalvular obstruction created a SAM of the mitral valve, there was also a pressure gradient distal to the obstruction, the valve itself did not create any obstruction. With model 2 we demonstrated that three causes were responsible for an outflow tract obstruction: 1. A narrow outflow tract even after removal of the mitral valve. 2. A position of the mitral valve close to a protruding septum and relatively short chordae tendineae. 3. A SAM of the mitral valve with apposition to the septum due to a Venturi effect. We were able to create a typical bisferiens poststenotic pressure curve in presence of a monophasic prestenotic curve. We conclude from our investigation that for the SAM of the mitral valve as well as for the outflow tract obstruction different anatomic structures may be responsible, which cause simular hemodynamic abnormalities. These abnormalities are most prominent in HOCM but not necessarily linked with this disease. PMID:574690

  7. Tear in mitral anterior leaflet as a complication of Manouguian's procedure in a woman with an aortic valve prosthesis.

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    Arat-Ozkan, Alev; Okçün, Baris; Mert, Murat; Baran, Türker; Küçükoglu, Serdar

    2004-07-01

    Complications of valve replacement are diverse. In addition to morbidity due to the prosthetic valve itself (e.g. endocarditis, thrombosis), complications due to operative technique may occur in complex cases, as in aortic valve replacement with annular enlargement. Postoperative echocardiography is a simple, non-invasive method to evaluate patients with prosthetic valves. Detailed knowledge of the surgical technique employed and of probable complications is necessary to make an accurate diagnosis. The case is reported of a woman with aortic valve replacement and annular enlargement who had mitral regurgitation due to a tear in the anterior mitral leaflet as a complication of Manouguian's annulus enlargement. PMID:15311870

  8. Assessment by cross sectional echocardiography of surgical "mitral valve" disease in children and adolescents.

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    Ortiz, E; Somerville, J

    1986-01-01

    The anatomy of the left atrioventricular valve, a mitral valve unless there is atrioventricular discordance, was determined by cross sectional echocardiography in 15 young patients with congenital lesions and seven with rheumatic lesions. These results were compared with findings at operation. The preoperative diagnosis was accurate in 18 (80%). In the remaining four patients inaccurate echocardiographic diagnosis was due to the mistaken identification of clefts in redundant and multicuspid valves and of absent chordae that were thought to be ruptured chordae. In four patients a subvalvar abnormality was identified by echocardiography. With care, cross sectional echocardiography was a reliable method of defining abnormal anatomy in serious mitral disease and it predicted the need for replacement or the possibility of repair. In the absence of additional lesions invasive investigation was unnecessary. Images Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 Fig 5 PMID:3756043

  9. A Case of Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome Causing Mitral Valve Papillary Muscle Rupture

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    Tamse, Tiffany; Rampersad, Avind; Jordan-Villegas, Alejandro; Ireland, Jill

    2015-01-01

    Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome (IHES) is a rare disease that can be difficult to diagnose as the differential is broad. This disease can cause significant morbidity and mortality if left untreated. Our patient is a 17-year-old adolescent female who presented with nonspecific symptoms of abdominal pain and malaise. She was incidentally found to have hypereosinophilia of 16,000 on complete blood count and nonspecific colitis and pulmonary edema on computed tomography. She went into cardiogenic shock due to papillary rupture of her mitral valve requiring extreme life support measures including intubation and extracorporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as well as mitral valve replacement. Pathology of the valve showed eosinophilic infiltration as the underlying etiology. The patient was diagnosed with IHES after the exclusion of infectious, rheumatologic, and oncologic causes. She was treated with steroids with improvement of her symptoms and scheduled for close follow-up. In general patients with IHES that have cardiac involvement have poorer prognoses. PMID:26640733

  10. Different ways to repair the mitral valve with artificial chordae: a systematic review

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    2010-01-01

    Myxomatous mitral regurgitation (type II Carpentier's functional classification) affects about 1-2% of the population. This represents a very common indication for valve surgery resulting in a low percentage of repairs compared to replacement which is actually performed. In the last decades, several methods for mitral valve repair have been developed, to make the surgical feasibility easier, improve the long-term follow-up thus avoiding the need for reoperations. A very interesting method is represented by the combination of various valve repair techniques, depending on the involvement of the anterior, posterior, or both leaflets, and the use of PTFE artificial chordae tendineae when excessive chordal elongation or rupture due to myxomatous degeneration co-exists. The aim of this review is to summarize the evolution of these techniques from the beginning till now. PMID:20377866

  11. [Radiofrequency ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation undergoing mitral valve replacement].

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    Sadowski, Jerzy; Myrdko, Tomasz; Sniezek-Maciejewska, Maria; Rudziński, Paweł; Traczyński, Marek

    2003-01-01

    The most frequent arrhythmia is an atrial fibrillation, which involves 10% of population over 70. The mortality in this group is 2 times higher than in general population. Moreover, if the atrial fibrillation co-exists with the rheumatic disease, the risk of the brain embolism is growing up 17 times. In the many European medical centers, intraoperative ablation is the obligatory procedure performed during mitral valve replacement/mitral valvuloplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting. Results of that procedure (in experienced centers) are evaluated on 75%. It reduces significantly the cost of the farther pharmacological treatment and improves the quality of life of the patients. In our Clinic ablation is performed in patients qualified to the mitral valve replacement or mitral valvuloplasty. All procedures are performed in extracorporeal circulation, in general and local hypothermia, with using crystal cardioplegine. Before the clumping of the aorta, on the beating heart ablation in the right atrium is performed. After that, the aorta is being clumped and the heart is being stopped. The left cardiac auricle is being cut off. Then the ablation around the ostia of the pulmonary veins is being done. After that, mitral valve replacement or mitral valvuloplasty procedure is being performed. Changes in the heart wall are transmural through the full wall. From the December 2001 till today 4 ablation procedures were done. Units Cobra (Boston Scientific) and Cardioblate Surgical Ablation System (Medtronic) were used. Both units are based on the unipolar energy with frequency similar to the radio-waves. After this procedure, regular rhythm came back in our 4 patients. Advantages of the intraoperative ablation are: simultaneous procedure with open heart operation, reduction of the price of the treatment, minimal risk of complication. PMID:15052716

  12. Papillary fibroelastoma of the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve mimicking vegetation.

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    Prifti, Edvin; Ademaj, Fadil; Ikonomi, Majlinda; Demiraj, Aurel

    2015-01-01

    The papillary fibroelastoma (PFE) is a rare and benign primary cardiac tumor, and the most frequently found tumor occurring in the cardiac valves. With the introduction of echocardiography, the diagnosis of these tumors in living patients has been reported sporadically. The PFEs have been found most often on valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, and both ventricles. We describe an interesting case of the PFE originating from the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve mimicking vegetation. The patient underwent successful surgical removal of the PFE. PMID:26187170

  13. Papillary fibroelastoma of the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve mimicking vegetation

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    Prifti, Edvin; Ademaj, Fadil; Ikonomi, Majlinda; Demiraj, Aurel

    2015-01-01

    The papillary fibroelastoma (PFE) is a rare and benign primary cardiac tumor, and the most frequently found tumor occurring in the cardiac valves. With the introduction of echocardiography, the diagnosis of these tumors in living patients has been reported sporadically. The PFEs have been found most often on valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, and both ventricles. We describe an interesting case of the PFE originating from the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve mimicking vegetation. The patient underwent successful surgical removal of the PFE. PMID:26187170

  14. Relationship between the physical size, incompetence, and stenosis of prosthetic mitral valves

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    Wright, J. T. M.; Temple, L. J.

    1972-01-01

    One each of 17 commercially available prosthetic mitral valves has been subjected to in vitro testing using a pulse duplicator. Measurements of mean diastolic pressure difference, incompetence, dimensions, mechanical movements, and turbulence were made, and the quality of manufacture was examined. Although most valves would be effective in the treatment of incompetence, only those with large orifice diameters produced no significant stenosis. All the valves tested were in clinical use at some time in the period 1966-71. Most of the prostheses were obtained in 1968 or 1969. Many of this group showed a manufacturing standard which was less than impeccable. Images PMID:5039443

  15. Macrophage involvement in mitral valve pathology in mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome).

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    Brands, Marion; Roelants, Jorine; de Krijger, Ronald; Bogers, Ad; Reuser, Arnold; van der Ploeg, Ans; Helbing, Wim

    2013-10-01

    Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis type VI) is a rare lysosomal storage disorder in which the pathologic storage of glycosaminoglycans in various tissues can lead to severe symptoms, including cardiomyopathy. We report on a child with Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome whose cardiac condition deteriorated and eventually led to cardiac failure at the age of 7 years due to severe mitral regurgitation. She received a mitral valve replacement and tricuspid repair with successful outcome. Histologic examination of the mitral valve showed abundant "clear" cells in both the leaflets and chordae tendineae. In Hurler disease (MPS I), similar cells have been identified as activated valvular interstitial cells (VICs, a myofibroblast like cell type). Here we report that the "clear" cells are CD68 positive, a frequently used marker of macrophage lineage. The "clear" cells remained unstained with the more specific macrophage marker CD14 while persistent staining of other cells demonstrated macrophage infiltration. From these observations, we infer that macrophages are involved in mitral valve pathology in MPS VI. PMID:23949968

  16. Loop-in-loop technique in mitral valve repair via minithoracotomy.

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    Okamoto, Kazuma; Yozu, Ryohei; Kudo, Mikihiko

    2012-04-01

    Although multiple neochordae creations with premeasured loops by polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sutures is a feasible and effective technique for mitral valve repair by an endoscopic-assisted minithoracotomy approach, measuring the correct length of premeasured loops is difficult because of diversity of the distance between the papillary muscle and the prolapsed mitral leaflet. A new technique consisted of a premade primary loop set and a secondary loop to adjust the length of the neochordae was devised as a loop-in-loop technique. Facilitating tying a slippery PTFE suture as the secondary loop in a correct position, a knot fixation using a neurosurgical titanium clip was applied. PMID:22450096

  17. Trileaflet Mitral Valve with Three Papillary Muscles Associated with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Novel Case.

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    Rosanio, Salvatore; Simonsen, Cameron J; Starwalt, John; Keylani, Abdul M; Vitarelli, Antonio

    2015-09-01

    Congenital mitral valve (MV) malformations are uncommon, except for MV prolapse. Despite their infrequency, most of them are well-known and defined entities, such as congenital MV stenosis with two papillary muscles, parachute MV, supravalvular mitral ring, hypoplastic MV, isolated cleft in the anterior and/or posterior leaflets, and double-orifice MV. A trileaflet MV with three separate papillary muscles with concordant atrioventricular and ventricle-arterial connections is exceptionally rare. To the best of the authors' knowledge, it has been reported only once in association with subaortic valvular stenosis. We hereby describe a novel case associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. PMID:25809503

  18. Short-term hemodynamic performance of the mitral Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT pericardial valve. Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT Investigators

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    Firstenberg, M. S.; Morehead, A. J.; Thomas, J. D.; Smedira, N. G.; Cosgrove, D. M. 3rd; Marchand, M. A.

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Although long-term durability data exist, little data are available concerning the hemodynamic performance of the Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT pericardial valve in the mitral position. METHODS: Sixty-nine patients who were implanted with mitral PERIMOUNT valves at seven international centers between January 1996 and February 1997 consented to participate in a short-term echocardiography follow-up. Echocardiographs were collected at a mean of 600+/-133 days after implantation (range, 110 to 889 days); all underwent blinded core lab analysis. RESULTS: At follow-up, peak gradients were 9.09+/-3.43 mm Hg (mean, 4.36+/-1.79 mm Hg) and varied inversely with valve size (p < 0.05). The effective orifice areas were 2.5+/-0.6 cm2 and tended to increase with valve size (p = 0.08). Trace mitral regurgitation (MR) was common (n = 48), 9 patients had mild MR, 1 had moderate MR, none had severe MR. All MR was central (n = 55) or indeterminate (n = 3). No paravalvular leaks were observed. Mitral regurgitation flow areas were 3.4+/-2.8 cm2 and were without significant volumes. CONCLUSIONS: In this multicenter study, these mitral valves are associated with trace, although physiologically insignificant, central MR. Despite known echocardiographic limitations, the PERIMOUNT mitral valves exhibit similar hemodynamics to other prosthetic valves.

  19. Bioprosthetic mitral valve thrombosis less than one year after replacement and an ablative MAZE procedure: a case report

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    2010-01-01

    Occurrence of bioprosthetic valve thrombosis less than a year after replacement is very uncommon. Here, we describe a case of a 57 year old male, who presented 10 months after receiving a bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement with a two week history of dyspnea on exertion, worsening orthopnea and decreased exercise tolerance. Echocardiography revealed severe mitral regurgitation (MR), thrombosis of the posterior mitral leaflet, left atrial (LA) mural thrombus and a depressed left ventricular ejection fraction of twenty-five percent. Given severe clot burden and decompensated heart failure (New York Heart Association - NYHA class III) repeat sternotomy was done to replace the bioprosthetic mitral valve and remove LA mural thrombus. MR was resolved postoperatively. This brief report further reviews promoting factors, established guidelines and management strategies of bioprosthetic valve thrombosis. PMID:20350310

  20. Harnessing osteopontin and other natural inhibitors to mitigate ectopic calcification of bioprosthetic heart valve material

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    Ohri, Rachit

    Dystrophic calcification has been the long-standing major cause of bioprosthetic heart valve failure, and has been well studied in terms of the underlying causative mechanisms. Such understanding has yielded several anti-calcification strategies involving biomaterial modification at the preparation stage: chemical alteration, extraction of calcifiable components, or material modification with small-molecule anti-calcific agents. However, newer therapeutic opportunities are offered by the growing illustration of the pathology as a dynamic, actively regulated process involving several gene products, such as osteopontin (OPN), matrix-gla protein (MGP) and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Osteopontin, a multi-functional matricellular glycosylated phosphoprotein has emerged as a prime candidate for the role of an in vivo inhibitor of ectopic calcification with two putative mechanisms: crystal poisoning and mineral-dissolution. The full therapeutic realization of its potential necessitates a better understanding of the mechanisms of anti-calcification by osteopontin, as well as appropriate in vivo models in which to evaluate its efficacy, potency and molecular mechanisms. In this work, we pursued the development and characterization of a reliable in vivo model with the OPN-null mouse to simulate the calcification of bioprosthetic valve material, namely glutaraldehyde-fixed bovine pericardium (GFBP) tissue. Subsequently, we used the calcification model to evaluate hypotheses based on the anti-calcific potential of osteopontin. Several modes of administering exogenous OPN to the implant site in OPN-null mice were explored, including soluble injected OPN, OPN covalently immobilized on the biomaterial, and OPN adsorbed onto the biomaterial. An investigation of the structure-function aspects of the anti-calcific ability of OPN was also pursued in the in vivo model. The OPN-null mouse was also used as an in vivo test-bed to evaluate the anti-calcific potential of other biomolecules, namely hyaluronic acid (HA) and natural reducing agents, such as glutathione. Direct rescue of the calcification phenotype in the OPN-null mice was achieved by administration of exogenous OPN, providing strong evidence of OPN's ability to mitigate ectopic calcification. Significant reduction in calcification was observed on administering OPN in soluble injected form and also when immobilized (adsorbed) onto the biomaterial. Mechanistic insights were also gained, since maximal anti-calcific effect was offered by OPN only when the protein had adequate phosphorylation as well as a functional RGD domain---suggesting synergy between these two structural elements and also a "threshold effect" for the degree of phosphorylation. In addition, the OPN-null in vivo calcification model was employed to gain evidence for the anti-calcific potential of covalently-immobilized hyaluronic-acid (HA) and the natural reducing agent glutathione.

  1. Conservative approach to mitral valve replacement in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with systolic anterior motion – a case report

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    Suder, Bogdan; Szymoński, Krzysztof; Wasilewski, Grzegorz; Sadowski, Jerzy; Kapelak, Boguslaw

    2015-01-01

    The authors report the case of a 60-year-old patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), systolic anterior motion (SAM), and high gradient in the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) who underwent surgical treatment. During the surgery, myomectomy of the septum was performed using the Morrow method: despite the persisting SAM and increased LVOT gradients, the mitral valve was not replaced. The case study presents a conservative approach to mitral valve replacement during HCM surgery. PMID:26855652

  2. New recessive truncating mutation in LTBP3 in a family with oligodontia, short stature, and mitral valve prolapse.

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    Dugan, Sarah L; Temme, Renee T; Olson, Rebecca A; Mikhailov, Anna; Law, Rosalind; Mahmood, Huda; Noor, Abdul; Vincent, John B

    2015-06-01

    Latent TGFB-binding protein 3 (LTBP3) is known to increase bio-availability of TGFB. A homozygous mutation in this gene has previously been associated with oligodontia and short stature in a single family. We report on two sisters with homozygous truncating mutations in LTBP3. In addition to oligodontia and short stature, both sisters have mitral valve prolapse, suggesting a link between truncating LTBP3 mutations and mitral valve disease mediated through the TGFB pathway. PMID:25899461

  3. Filamin-a-related myxomatous mitral valve dystrophy: genetic, echocardiographic and functional aspects.

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    Lardeux, Aurélie; Kyndt, Florence; Lecointe, Simon; Marec, Hervé Le; Merot, Jean; Schott, Jean-Jacques; Le Tourneau, Thierry; Probst, Vincent

    2011-12-01

    Myxomatous dystrophy of the cardiac valves is a heterogeneous group of disorders, including syndromic diseases such as Marfan syndrome and isolated valvular diseases. Mitral valve prolapse, the most common form of this disease, is presumed to affect approximately 2% to 3% of the population and remains one of the most common causes of valvular surgery. During the past years, important effort has been made to better understand the pathophysiological basis of mitral valve prolapse. Autosomal-dominant transmission is the usual inheritance with reduced penetrance and variable expressivity. Three loci have been mapped to chromosomes 16p11-p12, 11p15.4 and 13q31-32, but the underlying genetic defects are not currently known. An X-linked recessive form has been originally described by Monteleone and Fagan in 1969. Starting from one large French family and three smaller other families in which MVP was transmitted with an X-linked pattern, we have been able to identify three filamin A mutations p.Gly288Arg and p.Val711Asp and a 1,944-bp genomic deletion coding for exons 16 to 19. In this review, we describe the genetic, echocardiographic and functional aspects of the filamin-A-related myxomatous mitral valve dystrophy. PMID:21773876

  4. [Surgical techniques in mitral valve diseases : Reconstruction and/or replacement].

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    Noack, T; Mohr, F-W

    2016-02-01

    Mitral valve (MV) disease is one of the most common heart valve diseases. The surgical and interventional treatment for MV disease requires a multidisciplinary approach. For primary mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) surgical MV repair is the treatment of choice, which can be performed with an excellent outcome and long-term survival in reference centers. The surgical technique used for MV repair depends on the pathological mechanism, the morphological dimensions of the MV, the operative risk and the expertise of the cardiac surgeon. The surgical and interventional treatment of secondary MVVR is the subject of on-going discussions. In patients with moderate secondary MVR undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting, concomitant MV repair should be performed. In the presence of severe secondary MR with risk factors for failure of MV repair, patients should consider having MV replacement. In the rare cases of patients presenting with mitral valve stenosis (MVS) MV repair can be considered in young patients and who are most often treated with MV replacement. The choice between biological or mechanical MV replacement depends on the pathophysiology, the comorbidities, the amount of anticoagulation necessary and the age of the patient. New percutaneous techniques for MV replacement offer new treatment options for reoperation in high-risk patients. PMID:26659846

  5. Construction and evaluation of a hydromechanical simulation facility for the assessment of mitral valve prostheses.

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    Scotten, L N; Walker, D K; Brownlee, R T

    1979-01-01

    A hydromechanical simulator of the human left heart and systemic circulation system has been built for evaluating the dynamic actions of mitral valve prostheses. The facility includes a transparent and compliant model ventricle pumping into a simulation of the systemic circulation impedance. Transparent materials permit detailed high speed photography of valve action from the left ventricular aspect. This action has been analyzed by digitizing the valve open area and computing the variation of area with time. Additionally, pressures across and flows through the valves have been measured. Comparison has been made between the maximum observed valve open areas and the areas computed using the appropriate pressure and flow measurements substituted in clinically used equations. PMID:762699

  6. Factors related to sinus rhythm at discharge after radiofrequency ablation of permanent atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery.

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    Rostagno, Carlo; Gelsomino, Sandro; Capecchi, Irene; Rossi, Alessandra; Montesi, Gian Franco; Stefàno, Pier Luigi

    2016-04-01

    Late recovery of sinus rhythm is unusual in patients with permanent AF treated by (radiofrequency) RF maze procedure during mitral valve surgery. Identification of clinical and instrumental preoperative factors predictive of early success of RF ablation in patients with permanent AF undergoing mitral valve surgery may improve selection of subjects to obtain long-term results. Hundred and thirty consecutive patients with permanent AF and mitral valve disease underwent modified RF maze procedure during concomitant mitral valve surgery. Rheumatic valve disease (61 pts) and mitral valve prolapse (41 pts) were the more common aetiology of valve abnormalities. Mitral valve replacement was performed in 54 % of patients and mitral valve repair in the remaining 46 %. Four patients died after surgery. At discharge, 87 patients (69 %) were in sinus rhythm (group 1) and 43 patients in AF persisted (group 2). At an average 24-month follow-up, sinus rhythm was present in 67 % of patients, and 33 % were in atrial fibrillation. In this period, late recovery of sinus rhythm was observed only in five patients, while eight discharged in sinus rhythm developed again atrial fibrillation. Among preoperative parameters at univariate analysis female sex, atrial fibrillation >24 months, left atrial diameter >54 mm, left atrial area >24 cm(2), rheumatic valve disease and NYHA class were associated with persistence of AF. At Cox regression multivariate analysis, increased left atrial area (OR 1.07 per unit increase-95 % CI 1.01-1.131) and rheumatic aetiology of valve disease (OR 4.52, 95 % CI 1.65-12.4) were associated with persistence of AF at hospital discharge. Persistence of AF after RF ablation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery is related to aetiology, e.g. rheumatic valve disease, and to increasing left atrial diameter. Due to low rate of late recovery of sinus rhythm, indication to RF ablation associated with MV surgery should be carefully considered in patients with large atria and rheumatic mitral valve disease. PMID:25680414

  7. Image-based mass-spring model of mitral valve closure for surgical planning

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    Hammer, Peter E.; Perrin, Douglas P.; del Nido, Pedro J.; Howe, Robert D.

    2008-03-01

    Surgical repair of the mitral valve is preferred in most cases over valve replacement, but replacement is often performed instead due to the technical difficulty of repair. A surgical planning system based on patient-specific medical images that allows surgeons to simulate and compare potential repair strategies could greatly improve surgical outcomes. In such a surgical simulator, the mathematical model of mechanics used to close the valve must be able to compute the closed state quickly and to handle the complex boundary conditions imposed by the chords that tether the valve leaflets. We have developed a system for generating a triangulated mesh of the valve surface from volumetric image data of the opened valve. We then compute the closed position of the mesh using a mass-spring model of dynamics. The triangulated mesh is produced by fitting an isosurface to the volumetric image data, and boundary conditions, including the valve annulus and chord endpoints, are identified in the image data using a graphical user interface. In the mass-spring model, triangle sides are treated as linear springs, and sides shared by two triangles are treated as bending springs. Chords are treated as nonlinear springs, and self-collisions are detected and resolved. Equations of motion are solved using implicit numerical integration. Accuracy was assessed by comparison of model results with an image of the same valve taken in the closed state. The model exhibited rapid valve closure and was able to reproduce important features of the closed valve.

  8. Comparative study of mitral annular calcification (MAC) with cardiac arrhythmias in dialysis patients.

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    Jeren-Strujić, B; Raos, V; Jeren, T; Horvatin-Godler, S

    1997-06-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias and myocardial malfunction are very frequent in uremic patients. The pathogenesis and etiology of arrhythmias are very complex and still unknown. The sedimentation of calcium salt in myocardial structures is one of the reasons for emergence of cardiac arrhythmias (AV conduction defects, ectopic arrhythmias). The appearance of mitral annular calcification (MAC), as the expression of the speed up process of atherosclerosis, was noted in younger uremic patients especially during hemodialysis. The aim of our research was to compare the incidence of MAC and cardiac arrhythmias in patients on hemodialysis. Our study included 40 patients, 24 male and 16 female, in the age between 20 and 60. Patients were mostly from Zagreb and the Counties of Zagreb (35%), Karlovac (10%), Slavonski Brod (7.5%), Varazdin (5%) and Pozega (5%). All 40 patients received 24 hours of Holter monitoring and 2-D echocardiography of M-mode. The patients were divided in two groups: I MAC+ (N = 23) and II MAC- (N = 17). Frequency of cardiac arrhythmias in group I was: atrial fibrillation N = 0; conduction defects N = 2 (1%); ventricularectopy Lown grade 3-5 N = 15 (65%); supraventricular ectopy N = 8 (34%), while the frequency of cardiac arrhythmias in group II was: atrial fibrillation N = 0; conduction defects N = 0; ventricular ectopy Lown grade 3-5 N = 6 (35%), supraventricular ectopy N = 6 (35%). During statistical processing the significant connection of MAC+ and frequency of cardiac arrhythmias was noticed. For both groups we have not noticed statistical significance in cardiac arrhythmia compared to electrolytes, risk factors PTH, and age. The time of hemodialysis treatment is one of possible factors for incidence of cardiac arrhythmias influenced by MAC. We noticed statistically significant (p < 0.05) difference of rhythm disorders between group I and group II especially for the ventricular ectopic activity, the frequency of which was higher in group I than in group II. MAC has probably significant role in dialysis patients for the development of cardiac arrhythmias within the framework of series of complicated multifactorial patogenetic mechanisms. PMID:9225510

  9. Arterial and Aortic Valve Calcification Abolished by Elastolytic Cathepsin S Deficiency in Chronic Renal Disease

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    Aikawa, Elena; Aikawa, Masanori; Libby, Peter; Figueiredo, Jose-Luiz; Rusanescu, Gabriel; Iwamoto, Yoshiko; Fukuda, Daiju; Kohler, Rainer H.; Shi, Guo-Ping; Jaffer, Farouc A.; Weissleder, Ralph

    2009-01-01

    Background Clinical studies have demonstrated that 50% of individuals with chronic renal disease (CRD) die of cardiovascular causes, including advanced calcific arterial and valvular disease; however, the mechanisms of accelerated calcification in CRD remain obscure, and no therapies can prevent disease progression. We recently demonstrated in vivo that inflammation triggers cardiovascular calcification. In vitro evidence also indicates that elastin degradation products may promote osteogenesis. Here, we used genetically modified mice and molecular imaging to test the hypothesis in vivo that cathepsin S (catS), a potent elastolytic proteinase, accelerates calcification in atherosclerotic mice with CRD induced by 5/6 nephrectomy. Methods and Results Apolipoprotein-deficient (apoE−/−)/catS+/+ (n = 24) and apoE−/−/catS−/− (n = 24) mice were assigned to CRD and control groups. CRD mice had significantly higher serum phosphate, creatinine, and cystatin C levels than those without CRD. To visualize catS activity and osteogenesis in vivo, we coadministered catS-activatable and calcification-targeted molecular imaging agents 10 weeks after nephrectomy. Imaging coregistered increased catS and osteogenic activities in the CRD apoE−/−/catS+/+ cohort, whereas CRD apoE−/−/catS−/− mice exhibited less calcification. Quantitative histology demonstrated greater catS-associated elastin fragmentation and calcification in CRD apoE−/−/catS+/+ than CRD apoE−/−/catS−/− aortas and aortic valves. Notably, catS deletion did not cause compensatory increases in RNA levels of other elastolytic cathepsins or matrix metalloproteinases. Elastin peptide and recombinant catS significantly increased calcification in smooth muscle cells in vitro, a process further amplified in phosphate-enriched culture medium. Conclusions The present study provides direct in vivo evidence that catS-induced elastolysis accelerates arterial and aortic valve calcification in CRD, providing new insight into the pathophysiology of cardiovascular calcification. PMID:19307473

  10. Calcific deposits developing in a bovine pericardial bioprosthetic valve 3 days after implantation.

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    Ishihara, T; Ferrans, V J; Jones, M; Cabin, H S; Roberts, W C

    1981-03-01

    Calcific deposits, localized in a thin layer of thrombus covering the cuspal surfaces, were present 3 days after implantation in a valved pulmonic conduit that contained an Ionescu-Shiley bovine pericardial valve and was placed in a 29-year-old man with double outlet right ventricle, valvular and infundibular pulmonic stenosis, and ventricular septal defect. Factors that may have contributed to such a rapid calcification were the relatively young age of the patient, the development of acute renal insufficiency postoperatively, and the administration of large amounts of calcium chloride intravenously during blood transfusions and during episodes of cardiac arrest. PMID:7460257

  11. Biomechanical evaluation of the pathophysiologic developmental mechanisms of mitral valve prolapse: effect of valvular morphologic alteration.

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    Choi, Ahnryul; McPherson, David D; Kim, Hyunggun

    2016-05-01

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) refers to an excessive billowing of the mitral valve (MV) leaflets across the mitral annular plane into the left atrium during the systolic portion of the cardiac cycle. The underlying mechanisms for the development of MVP and mitral regurgitation in association with MV tissue remodeling are still unclear. We performed computational MV simulations to investigate the pathophysiologic developmental mechanisms of MVP. A parametric MV geometry model was utilized for this study. Posterior leaflet enlargement and posterior chordal elongation models were created by adjusting the geometry of the posterior leaflet and chordae, respectively. Dynamic finite element simulations of MV function were performed over the complete cardiac cycle. Computational simulations demonstrated that enlarging posterior leaflet area increased large stress concentration in the posterior leaflets and chordae, and posterior chordal elongation decreased leaflet coaptation. When MVP was accompanied by both posterior leaflet enlargement and chordal elongation simultaneously, the posterior leaflet was exposed to extremely large prolapse with a substantial lack of leaflet coaptation. These data indicate that MVP development is closely related to tissue alterations of the leaflets and chordae. This biomechanical evaluation strategy can help us better understand the pathophysiologic developmental mechanisms of MVP. PMID:26307201

  12. A novel finite element-based patient-specific mitral valve repair: virtual ring annuloplasty

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    Choi, Ahnryul; Rim, Yonghoon; Mun, Jeffrey S.; Kim, Hyunggun

    2014-01-01

    Alterations of normal mitral valve (MV) function lead to mitral insufficiency, i.e., mitral regurgitation (MR). Mitral repair is the most popular and most efficient surgical intervention for MR treatment. An annuloplasty ring is implanted following complex reconstructive MV repairs to prevent potential reoccurrence of MR. We have developed a novel finite element (FE)-based simulation protocol to perform patient-specific virtual ring annuloplasty following the standard clinical guideline procedure. A virtual MV was created using 3D echocardiographic data in a patient with mitral annular dilation. Proper type and size of the ring were determined in consideration of the MV apparatus geometry. The ring was positioned over the patient MV model and annuloplasty was simulated. Dynamic simulation of MV function across the complete cardiac cycle was performed. Virtual patient-specific annuloplasty simulation well demonstrated morphologic information of the MV apparatus before and after ring implantation. Dynamic simulation of MV function following ring annuloplasty demonstrated markedly reduced stress distribution across the MV leaflets and annulus as well as restored leaflet coaptation compared to pre-annuloplasty. This novel FE-based patient-specific MV repair simulation technique provides quantitative information of functional improvement following ring annuloplasty. Virtual MV repair strategy may effectively evaluate and predict interventional treatment for MV pathology. PMID:24211915

  13. [20 years of mitral valve replacement. Development of a patient profile and operative mortality].

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    Logeais, Y; Vidal, V; Rioux, C; Leguerrier, A; Delambre, J F; el Issa, A; Pony, J C; Daubert, J C; Almange, C

    1993-02-01

    Between 1971 and 1991, 1,179 mitral valve replacements (MVR) were carried out in 1,134 patients. The sex ratio was stable over this period (0.7 men/women) whereas the average age of the patients increased by 10 years (50 years in 1971, 61 years in 1991). Since 1980, patients over 60 years of age represent about 60% and those over 70 years of age 16 to 22% of the population. The functional status of the patients has tended to be less severe, the NYHA stages III and IV which were initially preponderant, only represent 50 to 60% of patients operated nowadays. This reduction in the severity of symptoms is reflected in the average value of the cardio thoracic index which was 60 in 1971 and 54.8 in 1991. Similarly, the mean pulmonary artery pressures (measured in 823 patients, 69.8%) have decreased from 37.4 mmHg in 1971 to 29.9 mmHg in 1991. Rheumatic fever has tended to be replaced by degenerative etiologies which, since 1985, represent 40 to 50% of cases. Ischemic mitral regurgitation rare before 1980, is more common, presently making up 5 to 15% of MVR cases. In relation with the etiological changes mitral stenosis is giving way to mitral regurgitation as the commonest valve lesion (40 to 50% of cases in 1991). The annual operative mortality is lower (6 to 8%) than in 1982, despite the increasing number of emergency cases (7 to 10% of cases since 1985). The number of MVR with associated tricuspid valve repair has decreased with respect to isolated MVR or associated with aortocoronary bypass grafting. The only constant feature is the death rate due to myocardial dysfunction which remains over 50% whereas mortality related to the prosthetic valves varied over the years. PMID:8363419

  14. [Severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction as a complication of mitral valve repair: case report].

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    Rodrigues, Bruno; Santos, Luís Ferreira; Correia, Emanuel; Faria, Rita; Moreira, Davide; Gama, Pedro; Cabral, Costa; Pipa, João; Santos, Oliveira

    2011-11-01

    Systolic anterior motion (SAM) is a postoperative complication of mitral valve repair, with an incidence of 5 to 10%. Early recognition of the signs and symptoms of SAM is essential for the management of these patients. This article focuses on the pathophysiology and dynamics of SAM and the treatment strategies described in the literature. The authors present a case study and echocardiographic images illustrating the clinical relevance of the mechanism involved, in order to clarify whether surgical reintervention is necessary. PMID:22032955

  15. An unusual presentation of hemolytic anemia in a patient with prosthetic mitral valve.

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    Najib, Mohammad Q; Vinales, Karyne L; Paripati, Harshita R; Kundranda, Madappa N; Valdez, Riccardo; Rihal, Charanjit S; Chaliki, Hari P

    2011-07-01

    Although rare, periprosthetic valvular regurgitation can cause hemolytic anemia. We present the case of a 63-year-old man who had an unusual presentation of hemolytic anemia due to periprosthetic mitral valve regurgitation (PMVR) in the presence of cold agglutinins. Due to high surgical risk, PMVR was percutaneously closed with three Amplatzer devices under the guidance of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. PMID:21453302

  16. Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in a Patient with a Mechanical Mitral Valve.

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    Zipse, Matthew M; Nguyen, Duy Thai

    2016-03-01

    Clinicians must be mindful of the left ventricular lead when cannulating the coronary sinus with a decapolar catheter or an ablation catheter. Left atrial catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with a mechanical mitral valve, when approached carefully, can be performed safely and effectively. Block across linear lines should be confirmed using differential activation and/or differential pacing to decrease risks of proarrhythmias. PMID:26920185

  17. Effect of the prosthetic mitral valve on vortex dynamics and turbulence of the left ventricular flow

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    Querzoli, G.; Fortini, S.; Cenedese, A.

    2010-04-01

    Mechanical heart valves implanted in mitral position have a great effect on the ventricular flow. Changes include alteration of the dynamics of the vortical structures generated during the diastole and the onset of turbulence, possibly affecting the efficiency of the heart pump or causing blood cell damage. Modifications to the hemodynamics in the left ventricle, when the inflow through the mitral orifice is altered, were investigated in vitro using a silicone rubber, flexible ventricle model. Velocity fields were measured in space and time by means of an image analysis technique: feature tracking. Three series of experiments were performed: one with a top hat inflow velocity profile (schematically resembling physiological conditions), and two with mechanical prosthetic valves of different design, mounted in mitral position—one monoleaflet and the other bileaflet. In each series of runs, two different cardiac outputs have been examined by changing the stroke volume. The flow was investigated in terms of phase averaged velocity field and second order moments of turbulent fluctuations. Results show that the modifications in the transmitral flow change deeply the interaction between the coherent structures generated during the first phase of the diastole and the incoming jet during the second diastolic phase. Top hat inflow gives the coherent structures which are optimal, among the compared cases, for the systolic function. The flow generated by the bileaflet valve preserves most of the beneficial features of the top hat inflow, whereas the monoleaflet valve generates a strong jet which discourages the permanence of large coherent structures at the end of the diastole. Moreover, the average shear rate magnitudes induced by the smoother flow pattern of the case of top hat inflow are nearly halved in comparison with the values measured with the mechanical valves. Finally, analysis of the turbulence statistics shows that the monoleaflet valves yield higher turbulence intensity in comparison with the bileaflet and, with top hat inflow, there is not a complete transition to turbulence.

  18. Early and Mid-Term Outcome of Pediatric Congenital Mitral Valve Surgery

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    Baghaei, Ramin; Tabib, Avisa; Jalili, Farshad; Totonchi, Ziae; Mahdavi, Mohammad; Ghadrdoost, Behshid

    2015-01-01

    Background: Congenital lesions of the mitral valve are relatively rare and are associated with a wide spectrum of cardiac malformations. The surgical management of congenital mitral valve malformations has been a great challenge. Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the early and intermediate-term outcome of congenital mitral valve (MV) surgery in children and to identify the predictors for poor postoperative outcomes and death. Patients and Methods: In this retrospective study, 100 consecutive patients with congenital MV disease undergoing mitral valve surgery were reviewed in 60-month follow-up (mean, 42.4 ± 16.4 months) during 2008 - 2013. Twenty-six patients (26%) were under one-year old. The mean age and weight of the patients were 41.63 ± 38.18 months and 11.92 ± 6.12 kg, respectively. The predominant lesion of the mitral valve was MV stenosis (MS group) seen in 21% and MR (MR group) seen in 79% of the patients. All patients underwent preoperative two-dimensional echocardiography and then every six months after surgery Results: Significant improvement in degree of MR was noted in all patients with MR during postoperative and follow-up period in both patients with or without atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) (P = 0.045 in patients with AVSD and P = 0.008 in patients without AVSD). Decreasing trend of mean gradient (MG) in MS group was statistically significant (P = 0.005). In patients with MR, the mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) had improved postoperatively (P < 0.001). Although PAP in patients with MV stenosis was reduced, this reduction was not statistically significant (P = 0.17). In-hospital mortality was 7%. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that age (P < 0.001), weight (P < 0.001), and pulmonary stenosis (P = 0.03) are strong predictors for mortality. Based on the echocardiography report at the day of discharge from hospital, surgical results were optimal (up to moderate degree for MR group and up to mild degree for MS group) in 85.7% of patients with MS and in 76.6% of patients with MR. Age (P = 0.002) and weight (P = 0.003) of patients are strong predictors for surgical success in multivariate analysis. Conclusions: Surgical repair of the congenital MV disease yields acceptable early and intermediate-term satisfactory valve function and good survival at intermediate-term follow-up. Strong predictors for poor surgical outcome and death were age smaller than 1 year, weight smaller or equal than 6 kg, and associated cardiac anomalies such as pulmonary stenosis. PMID:26446282

  19. Radiofrequency Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Technique in Patients with Mitral Valve Surgery and Left Atrial Reduction Procedures

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    Nezafati, Pouya; Nezafati, Mohammad Hassan; Moshiri, Mohammad

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Background: About half of all patients who undergo mitral valve surgery suffer from atrial fibrillation (AF). Cox described the surgical cut-and-sew Maze procedure, which is an effective surgical method but has some complications. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of a substitution method of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for patients undergoing mitral valve surgery with AF. Methods: We evaluated 50 patients, comprising 40 men and 10 women at a mean age of 61.8 ± 7.5 years, who underwent mitral valve surgery with RFA between March 2010 and August 2013. All the patients had permanent AF with an enlarged left atrium (LA). The first indication for surgery was underlying organic lesions. Mitral valve replacement or repair was performed in the patients as a single procedure or in combination with aortic valve replacement or coronary artery bypass grafting. Radiofrequency energy was used to create continuous endocardial lesions mimicking most incisions and sutures. We evaluated the pre- and postoperative LA size, duration of aortic cross-clamping, cardiopulmonary bypass time, intensive care unit stay, and total hospital stay. Results: The mean preoperative and postoperative LA sizes were 7.5 ± 1.4 cm and 4.3 ± 0.7 cm (p value = 0.0001), respectively. The mean cardiopulmonary bypass time and the aortic cross-clamping time were 134.3 ± 33.7 minand 109.0 ± 28.4 min, respectively. The average stay at the intensive care unit was 2.1 ± 1.2 days, and the total hospital stay was 8.3 ± 2.4 days. Rebleeding was the only complication, found in one patient. There was no early or late mortality. Eighty-two percent of the patients were discharged in normal sinus rhythm. Five other patients had normal sinus rhythm at 6months' follow-up, and the remaining 4 patients did not have a normal sinus rhythm after 6 months. Conclusion: Radiofrequency ablation, combined with LA reduction, is an effective option for the treatment of permanent AF concomitant with mitral valve surgery. PMID:25870639

  20. CTS Trials Network: Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation during mitral valve surgery - many questions unanswered

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    Afifi, Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    A disease that is associated with stroke and mortality, atrial fibrillation (AF) complicates 30 to 50% of mitral valve disease patients admitted for surgery.1 Since the introduction of the Cox maze III procedure in 1992 many efforts have been made to come up with modified lesion sets and/or energy sources to surgically treat AF. This lead to the recently published American Heart Association (AHA)– American College of Cardiology (ACC)–Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) guidelines2 stating that it is reasonable to perform atrial fibrillation ablation in selected patients undergoing other types of cardiac surgery. The effectiveness of different techniques in conversion to sinus rhythm and the clinical impact of freedom from AF remain a question. The CTS Trials Network have undertaken a trial to answer these questions. The first year results of their randomized trial comparing AF ablation at the time of mitral valve surgery with mitral valve surgery alone were published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine.3 PMID:26566527

  1. [The role of transforming growth factor-β in the pathogenesis of mitral valve prolapse].

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    Malev, E G; Zemtsovskiĭ, E V; Omel'chenko, M Iu; Vasina, L V

    2012-01-01

    Changes in activity of the components of TGF-β signaling pathway is associated with inherited disorders of connective tissue such as Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, etc. However, its impact on mitral valve prolapse (MVP) has not been completely studied. We examined 35 patients undergoing reconstructive surgery due MVP complicated by severe mitral insufficiency (mean age 62.5+/-7.9 years, 46% - men). High level of TGF-βl/2 was detected in majority (65%) of cases and correlated with the thickness of posterior leaflet (r=0.67; p=0.016), residual valve prolapse (r=0.68; p=0.007) and residual mitral regurgitation (MR) (r=0.56; p=0.01). In patients with high TGF-βl/2 level we detected a significant decrease in left ventricular longitudinal systolic (-13.5+/-2.2% vs. -16.6+/-2.3%, p=0.008) and diastolic (1.14+/-0.20 s-1 vs. 1.34+/-0.18 s-1, p=0.04) strain and SR (-0.89+/-0.15 s-1 vs. -1.14+/-0.15 s-1, p=0.002). Thus, TGF-β has a significant impact on the progression of valve myxomatous degeneration. The high activity of TGF-β signaling pathway results also in reduction in LV function, probably due to the profibrotic activity. PMID:23237439

  2. Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation with concomitant mitral valve disease: an Asian review.

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    Chen, Mien-Cheng; Chang, Jen-Ping; Chen, Yung-Lung

    2008-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia in patients with mitral valve disease and is present in up to 50% of patients undergoing mitral valve surgery, contributing to increased risks of systemic embolization, anticoagulant-related hemorrhage and mortality. The Cox maze III procedure, introduced in 1987 by Dr. James Cox, was the first effective operation for AF and is recognized as the gold standard therapy for AF associated with organic heart disease. However, few surgeons have adopted the Cox maze III procedure, as it is a lengthy operation with extensive cutting, suturing and blood loss. Several groups in Asia have successfully developed less invasive approaches using a number of different energy sources to create continuous lines of ablation to replace the surgical incisions. Because high-density real-time intraoperative mapping to define the mechanisms of AF is currently not available to guide AF ablation in most surgical groups, an anatomic approach to ablation based on our understanding of the pathophysiology and empiric results is reasonable. The preoperative left atrial size and duration of AF are primary predictors of sinus conversion after the maze procedure for patients with persistent and permanent AF and mitral valve disease. The maze procedure combined with an atrial volume reduction technique may increase the sinus conversion rate. Future progress will require a better understanding of the mechanisms of AF, and minimally invasive cardiac surgery with endoscopic AF ablation needs to be explored in the Asian region. PMID:19241892

  3. Autonomic dysregulation as a novel underlying cause of mitral valve prolapse: A hypothesis

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    Hu, Xiang; Zhao, Qiang

    2011-01-01

    Summary Mitral valve prolapse is a common valvular abnormality that is caused by myxomatous degeneration, characterized macroscopically by leaflet thickening and redundancy accompanied with histologically marked proliferation of the spongiosa and mucopolysaccharide acid replacement of leaflet collagen in the prolapse leaflets. Nevertheless, the discrepant natural history and various concomitant syndromes cannot be explained completely by the current genetic autosomal dominant inheritance theory. In addition, autonomic dysregulation has been commonly reported in mitral valve prolapse, but has never been indicated as a major underlying cause. This article attempts to interpret the occurrence of primary pathology and progression in mitral valve prolapse on a common basis of improper autonomic tone. The imbalanced background of autonomic nervous firing leads to disharmonized synthetic/catabolism balance in the extracellular matrix, disrupted transition in the interstitial cellular component and invalided anti-inflammatory pathway in the endothelium, which trigger and accelerate the progression of this condition. Such a hypothesis not only unifies the seemingly disparate syndromes and valvular disorder, but also has implications for future biopharmaceutical and mechanical treatment. PMID:21873953

  4. Vortices formed on the mitral valve tips aid normal left ventricular filling

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    Vlachos, Pavlos

    2011-11-01

    For the left ventricle to function as an effective pump it must be able to fill from a low left atrial pressure. However, this ability is lost in patients with heart failure. We investigated the fluid dynamics of the left ventricle filling by imaging the blood flow in patients with healthy and impaired diastolic function, using 2D phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging and we quantified the intraventricular pressure gradients and the strength and location of the formed vortices. We found that during early filling in normal subjects, prior to the opening of the mitral valve the flow moves towards the apex and subsequently at the time of the opening of the valve the rapid movement of the mitral annulus away from the left ventricle apex enhances the formation of a vortex ring at the mitral valve tips. Instead of being a passive byproduct of the process as was previously believed, this vortex ring facilitates filling by reducing convective losses and enhancing the function of the left ventricle as a suction pump. Impairment of this mechanism contributes to diastolic dysfunction, with the left ventricle filling becoming dependent on left atrial pressure, and eventually leading to heart failure. John R. Jones Professor

  5. Secondary abdominal compartment syndrome required decompression laparotomy during minimally invasive mitral valve repair.

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    Nishi, Hiroyuki; Toda, Koichi; Miyagawa, Shigeru; Yoshikawa, Yasushi; Fukushima, Satsuki; Yoshioka, Daisuke; Saito, Tetsuya; Sawa, Yoshiki

    2016-12-01

    We treated a 77-year-old patient with secondary abdominal compartment syndrome that caused failure to maintain cardiopulmonary bypass while undergoing elective minimally invasive right mini-thoracotomy mitral valve and tricuspid valve repair procedures. During the operation, a decompression laparotomy was needed to relieve elevated intraabdominal pressure that caused instability of the cardiopulmonary bypass. Due to poor oxygenation and the long cardiopulmonary bypass time, the patient required peripheral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation before recovery. We alert surgeons to this rare complication that can occur even in patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery with a right mini-thoracotomy. PMID:26943679

  6. Challenges in rheumatic valvular disease: Surgical strategies for mitral valve preservation

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    Antunes, Manuel J

    2015-01-01

    In developing countries, rheumatic fever and carditis still constitutes a major public health problem. Patients have special characteristics that differ from those with rheumatic mitral valve disease we still see in developed countries. They are usually young, poor, uneducated, and have low compliance to prophylaxis / therapy. In addition, they usually have great difficulty in accessing medical care. In these situations, the rate of complications associated to valve replacement is significantly increased. Alternatively, mitral valve repair is now known to achieve better long-term results in this pathology, but this was not widely recognized three or four decades ago, when first reports showed worse results after repair of rheumatic regurgitation than with degenerative valves. This has been reported by several groups in developing countries in different continents, with high incidence of repairs and excellent long term results. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly clear that, although, the results may not compare to those obtained with degenerative pathology, repair of rheumatic valves, when feasible, is the procedure of choice, especially in these underprivileged populations. PMID:26779497

  7. Percutaenous mitral valve: A non-stented coronary sinus device for the treatment of functional mitral regurgitation in heart failure patients.

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    Sack, Stefan; Kahlert, Philipp; Erbel, Raimund

    2009-01-01

    Functional mitral regurgitation in heart failure limits survival in a severity-graded fashion. Even mild mitral regurgitation doubles mortality risk. We report the use of a non-stented coronary sinus device to reduce mitral annulus dimension in order to re-establish mitral valve competence. The device (PTMA, Viacor, Inc., Wilmington, MA, USA) consists of a multi-lumen PTFE (Teflon) PTMA catheter in which Nitinol (nickel-titanium alloy) treatment rods are advanced. For individual use up to three rods of different length and stiffness can be used. Therefore dimension reduction can be performed in an incremental fashion. Fluoroscopy and 3 D echocardiography are performed throughout the procedure to visiualize the positioning and confirm maximum treatment effect. The case describes the use and the effect of PTMA treatment. Safety and efficacy of the PTMA device will be investigated in the upcoming PTOLEMY 2 trial. PMID:19431068

  8. Systemic thrombolysis: cure for prosthetic mitral valve thrombosis in the comorbid, non-surgical candidate

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    Beckord, Brian; Berkowitz, Robert; Espinoza, Cholene; Anand, Neil

    2014-01-01

    Severe haemolytic anaemia is a rare complication of prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT). Emergent surgical replacement of the affected valve is normally the treatment of choice unless contraindicated, such as in high surgical risk patients. Systemic thrombolysis is the alternative to surgical valve replacement. The purpose of this report is to highlight the unique case of an elderly man with New York Heart Association class IV heart failure, history of extensive cardiopulmonary surgeries and haemorrhagic stroke, who presented with severe haemolytic anaemia secondary to prosthetic mitral valve thrombosis. After weighing the risks and benefits, our decision was to use systemic thrombolytic therapy, even in light of the patient's previous intracranial haemorrhage. Pretreatment and post-treatment Doppler echocardiography showed markedly reduced regurgitant jetting that ultimately resolved completely, thereby eliminating the underlying cause of haemolysis and achieving symptom resolution. PMID:24879723

  9. Increased systolic load causes adverse remodeling of fetal aortic and mitral valves.

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    Tibayan, Frederick A; Louey, Samantha; Jonker, Sonnet; Espinoza, Herbert; Chattergoon, Natasha; You, Fanglei; Thornburg, Kent L; Giraud, George

    2015-12-15

    While abnormal hemodynamic forces alter fetal myocardial growth, little is known about whether such insults affect fetal cardiac valve development. We hypothesized that chronically elevated systolic load would detrimentally alter fetal valve growth. Chronically instrumented fetal sheep received either a continuous infusion of adult sheep plasma to increase fetal blood pressure, or a lactated Ringer's infusion as a volume control beginning on day 126 ± 4 of gestation. After 8 days, mean arterial pressure was higher in the plasma infusion group (63.0 mmHg vs. 41.8 mmHg, P < 0.05). Mitral annular septal-lateral diameter (11.9 mm vs. 9.1 mm, P < 0.05), anterior leaflet length (7.7 mm vs. 6.4 mm, P < 0.05), and posterior leaflet length (P2; 4.0 mm vs. 3.0 mm, P < 0.05) were greater in the elevated load group. mRNA levels of Notch-1, TGF-β2, Wnt-2b, BMP-1, and versican were suppressed in aortic and mitral valve leaflets; elastin and α1 type I collagen mRNA levels were suppressed in the aortic valves only. We conclude that sustained elevated arterial pressure load on the fetal heart valve leads to anatomic remodeling and, surprisingly, suppression of signaling and extracellular matrix genes that are important to valve development. These novel findings have important implications on the developmental origins of valve disease and may have long-term consequences on valve function and durability. PMID:26354842

  10. Multi-Scale Biomechanical Remodeling in Aging and Genetic Mutant Murine Mitral Valve Leaflets: Insights into Marfan Syndrome

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    Gould, Russell A.; Sinha, Ravi; Aziz, Hamza; Rouf, Rosanne; Dietz, Harry C.; Judge, Daniel P.; Butcher, Jonathan

    2012-01-01

    Mitral valve degeneration is a key component of the pathophysiology of Marfan syndrome. The biomechanical consequences of aging and genetic mutation in mitral valves are poorly understood because of limited tools to study this in mouse models. Our aim was to determine the global biomechanical and local cell-matrix deformation relationships in the aging and Marfan related Fbn1 mutated murine mitral valve. To conduct this investigation, a novel stretching apparatus and gripping method was implemented to directly quantify both global tissue biomechanics and local cellular deformation and matrix fiber realignment in murine mitral valves. Excised mitral valve leaflets from wild-type and Fbn1 mutant mice from 2 weeks to 10 months in age were tested in circumferential orientation under continuous laser optical imaging. Mouse mitral valves stiffen with age, correlating with increases in collagen fraction and matrix fiber alignment. Fbn1 mutation resulted in significantly more compliant valves (modulus 1.34±0.12 vs. 2.51±0.31 MPa, respectively, P<.01) at 4 months, corresponding with an increase in proportion of GAGs and decrease in elastin fraction. Local cellular deformation and fiber alignment change linearly with global tissue stretch, and these slopes become more extreme with aging. In comparison, Fbn1 mutated valves have decoupled cellular deformation and fiber alignment with tissue stretch. Taken together, quantitative understanding of multi-scale murine planar tissue biomechanics is essential for establishing consequences of aging and genetic mutations. Decoupling of local cell-matrix deformation kinematics with global tissue stretch may be an important mechanism of normal and pathological biomechanical remodeling in valves. PMID:22984535

  11. Current state of transcatheter mitral valve repair with the MitraClip

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    Downs, Emily A.; Lim, D. Scott; Saji, Mike

    2015-01-01

    Background Many patients affected with mitral valve regurgitation suffer from multiple comorbidities. The MitraClip device provides a safe means of transcatheter valve repair in patients with suitable mitral valve anatomy who are at prohibitive risk for surgery. We describe our early procedural outcomes and present a summary of the current state of MitraClip technology in the United States. Methods We performed a retrospective chart review of initial high-risk or inoperable patients who underwent MitraClip placement at our institution after completion of the EVEREST II study. We examined the primary outcome of 30-day mortality, and secondary outcomes included extent of reduction of mitral regurgitation (MR), New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class improvement, length of stay, and major complications. Results A total of 115 high-risk patients (mean Society of Thoracic Surgeons predicted risk of mortality 9.4%6.1%) underwent the MitraClip procedure at our institution between March 2009 and April 2014. Co-morbidities including coronary artery disease (67.8%), pulmonary disease (39.1%) and previous cardiac surgery (44.3%) were common. The device was placed successfully in all patients with a 30-day mortality of 2.6%. All patients demonstrated 3+ or 4+ MR on preoperative imaging, and 80.7% of patients had trace or 1+ MR at hospital discharge. NYHA class improved substantially, with 79% of patients exhibiting class III or IV symptoms pre-procedure and 81% reporting class I or II symptoms at one month follow-up. Conclusions The MitraClip procedure provides a safe alternative to surgical or medical management for high-risk patients with MR and suitable valve anatomy. A comprehensive heart team approach is essential, with surgeons providing critical assessment of patient suitability for surgery versus percutaneous therapy as well as performance of the valve procedure. PMID:26309842

  12. In vitro assessment of a combined radiofrequency ablation and cryo-anchoring catheter for treatment of mitral valve prolapse.

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    Boronyak, Steven M; Merryman, W David

    2014-03-21

    Percutaneous approaches to mitral valve repair are an attractive alternative to surgical repair or replacement. Radiofrequency ablation has the potential to approximate surgical leaflet resection by using resistive heating to reduce leaflet size, and cryogenic temperatures on a percutaneous catheter can potentially be used to reversibly adhere to moving mitral valve leaflets for reliable application of radiofrequency energy. We tested a combined cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter using excised porcine mitral valves placed in a left heart flow loop capable of reproducing physiologic pressure and flow waveforms. Transmitral flow and pressure were monitored during the cryo-anchoring procedure and compared to baseline flow conditions, and the extent of radiofrequency energy delivery to the mitral valve was assessed post-treatment. Long term durability of radiofrequency ablation treatment was assessed using statically treated leaflets placed in a stretch bioreactor for four weeks. Transmitral flow and pressure waveforms were largely unaltered during cryo-anchoring. Parameter fitting to mechanical data from leaflets treated with radiofrequency ablation and cryo-anchoring revealed significant mechanical differences from untreated leaflets, demonstrating successful ablation of mitral valves in a hemodynamic environment. Picrosirius red staining showed clear differences in morphology and collagen birefringence between treated and untreated leaflets. The durability study indicated that statically treated leaflets did not significantly change size or mechanics over four weeks. A cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter can adhere to and ablate mitral valve leaflets in a physiologic hemodynamic environment, providing a possible percutaneous alternative to surgical leaflet resection of mitral valve tissue. PMID:24495753

  13. The clinical challenge of concomitant aortic and mitral valve stenosis.

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    Unger, Philippe; Lancellotti, Patrizzio; de Cannière, Didier

    2016-02-01

    The coexistence of mitral and aortic stenosis is not exceptional. Whereas rheumatic fever is currently plummeting in the Western countries, the incidence of degenerative disease is inversely increasing. The haemodynamic interactions which may interfere both with the usual echocardiographic parameters and with the invasive assessment may render the diagnosis difficult. The therapeutic challenges raised by this entity should not be underestimated. The increased morbidity and mortality of multivalvular surgery has to be balanced with the risk of a second operation down the line if one valvular involvement, deemed of a lesser importance, is neglected. This complex situation requires the multidisciplinary approach of a heart team involving surgeons, cardiologists, geriatrists if need be and imaging specialists. PMID:26853247

  14. Update on percutaneous mitral commissurotomy.

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    Nunes, Maria Carmo P; Nascimento, Bruno Ramos; Lodi-Junqueira, Lucas; Tan, Timothy C; Athayde, Guilherme Rafael Sant'Anna; Hung, Judy

    2016-04-01

    Percutaneous mitral commissurotomy (PMC) is the first-line therapy for managing rheumatic mitral stenosis. Over the past two decades, the indications of the procedure have expanded to include patients with unfavourable valve anatomy as a consequence of epidemiological changes in patient population. The procedure is increasingly being performed in patients with increased age, more deformed valves and associated comorbidities. Echocardiography plays a crucial role in patient selection and to guide a more efficient procedure. The main echocardiographic predictors of immediate results after PMC are mitral valve area, subvalvular thickening and valve calcification, especially at the commissural level. However, procedural success rate is not only dependent on valve anatomy, but a number of other factors including patient characteristics, interventional management strategies and operator expertise. Severe mitral regurgitation continues to be the most common immediate procedural complication with unchanged incidence rates over time. The long-term outcome after PMC is mainly determined by the immediate procedural results. Postprocedural parameters associated with late adverse events include mitral valve area, mitral regurgitation severity, mean gradient and pulmonary artery pressure. Mitral restenosis is an important predictor of event-free survival rates after successful PMC, and repeat procedure can be considered in cases with commissural refusion. PMC can be performed in special situations, which include high-risk patients, during pregnancy and in the presence of left atrial thrombus, especially in centres with specialised expertise. Therefore, procedural decision-making should take into account the several determinant factors of PMC outcomes. This paper provides an overview and update of PMC techniques, complications, immediate and long-term results over time, and assessment of suitability for the procedure. PMID:26743926

  15. Increased frequency of mitral valve prolapse in patients with deviated nasal septum.

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    Arslan, Hasan Huseyin; Aparci, Mustafa; Arslan, Zekeriya; Ozturk, Cengiz; Isilak, Zafer; Balta, Sevket; Celik, Turgay; Iyisoy, Atila

    2015-07-01

    Any abnormality of collagen may affect the tissues with higher collagen content, e.g., joints, heart valves, and great arteries. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a characteristic of generalized collagen abnormality. Nasal septum (NS) is constituted by osseous and cartilaginous septums that are highly rich in collagen. We evaluated the co-existence of deviation of NS (DNS) in patients with MVP. We retrospectively evaluated the recordings of echocardiographic and nasal examinations of subjects with MVP and DNS. We analyzed the features of MVP and anatomical classification of DNS among subjects. Totally, 74 patients with DNS and 38 subjects with normal nasal passage were enrolled to the study. Presence of MVP was significantly higher in patients with DNS compared to normal subjects (63 vs 26%, p < 0.001). Prolapse of anterior, posterior and both leaflets was higher in patients with DNS. Thickness of anterior mitral leaflet was significantly increased in patients with DNS (3.57 ± 0.68 vs 4.59 ± 1.1 mm, p < 0.001) compared to normal subjects. Type I, II, and III, IV DNS were higher in frequency in patients with MVP while type V and VI were higher in normal subjects. DNS is highly co-existent with MVP and increased thickness of mitral anterior leaflet. Generalized abnormality of collagen which is the main component of mitral valves and nasal septum may be accounted for co-existence of MVP and DNS. Also co-existence of them may exaggerate the symptoms of patients with MVP due to limited airflow through the nasal passage. PMID:25129374

  16. FSI simulation of intra-ventricular flow in patient-specific ventricular model with both mitral and aortic valves.

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    Zhong, Liang; Su, Boyang; Zhang, Jun-Mei; Leo, Hwa Liang; Tan, Ru San

    2013-01-01

    Investigating the intra-ventricular flow is the most important to understand the left ventricular function. In this study, we proposed a fluid-structure interaction (FSI) approach to simulate the blood flow in patient-specific model by combining both mitral and aortic valves. To accommodate the large mesh deformation, moving arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) meshes were used for moving ventricular wall and rotating leaflets of valves. The left ventricular wall was predescribed according to the points acquired from magnetic resonance image (MRI). Mitral and aortic valves were integrated into the model by assuming each leaflet as a rigid body. Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) approach was adopted to capture the rapid motion of leaflets. The simulation results were qualitatively similar to the measurements reported in literatures. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first to simulate the patient-specific ventricular flow with the presence of both mitral and aortic valves. PMID:24109784

  17. Cardiobacterium hominis bioprosthetic mitral valve endocarditis presenting as septic arthritis.

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    Apisarnthanarak, Anucha; Johnson, Raymond M; Braverman, Alan C; Dunne, William Michael; Little, J Russell

    2002-01-01

    We report an unusual case of Cardiobacterium hominis bioprosthetic valve endocarditis presenting as septic arthritis. This remarkable presentation had clinical features consistent with endocarditis generally associated with highly virulent pathogens. A literature search has failed to disclose a report of septic arthiritis as a manifestation of C. hominis endocarditis. PMID:11821177

  18. Development of bioprosthetic heart valve calcification in vitro and in animal models: morphology and composition

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    Mavrilas, D.; Apostolaki, A.; Kapolos, J.; Koutsoukos, P. G.; Melachrinou, M.; Zolota, V.; Dougenis, D.

    1999-09-01

    While calcification of bioprosthetic valves presents a clinical problem, the mechanism of formation of calcific deposits in the leaflets remains unclear. A new method for in vitro calcification is employed, in parallel with an in vivo (subcutaneous animal) model. The nature of crystal phases grown by both methods on porcine bioprosthetic heart valves was investigated. Light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and stoichiometric chemical analysis were used as tools for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the calcification process. Photomicrographs from leaflets calcified early in vitro (24-48 h) and in vivo (5-10 days) confirmed that calcification initiated in the central region of the tissue, mainly in fibrosa, and extended with time (after 28 and 56 days) in vivo towards the outer surface of the tissue. SEM micrographs from tissue sections of early in vivo and in vitro calcified leaflets showed coexistence of different sizes (1-30 μm) of crystal phases in contact with tissue fibers. EDS analysis confirmed that the deposits were calcium phosphate salts. Chemical analysis of samples calcified in vivo for longer time periods, showed that the content of the salts was mainly calcium and phosphate with a Ca/P molar ratio 1.78 and 1.94 after 28 and 56 days, respectively. These results suggested that the calcification process is followed by a sequential hydrolytic transformation of CaHPO 4·2H 2O (DCPD) to Ca 4H(PO 4) 3·2.5H 2O (OCP) and to Ca 5(PO 4) 3OH (HAP). Calcium phosphate crystal phases grown in vitro under controlled conditions and at constant supersaturation provide a successful simulation of the calcification process in the animal model and may be applied in screening new biomaterials with respect to their potential for calcification.

  19. Differentiating the aging of the mitral valve from human and canine myxomatous degeneration

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    Connell, Patrick S.; Han, Richard I.; Grande-Allen, K. Jane

    2012-01-01

    During the course of both canine and human aging, the mitral valve remodels in generally predictable ways. The connection between these aging changes and the morbidity and mortality that accompany pathologic conditions has not been made clear. By exploring work that has investigated the specific valvular changes in both age and disease, with respect to the cells and the extracellular matrix found within the mitral valve, heretofore unexplored connections between age and myxomatous valve disease can be found. This review addresses several studies that have been conducted to explore such age and disease related changes in extracellular matrix, valvular endothelial and interstitial cells, and valve innervation, and also reviews attempts to correlate aging and myxomatous disease. Such connections can highlight avenues for future research and help provide insight as to when an individual diverts from an aging pattern into a diseased pathway. Recognizing these patterns and opportunities could result in earlier intervention and the hope of reduced morbidity and mortality for patients. PMID:22364720

  20. Papillary fibroelastoma of the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve mimicking vegetation

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    Prifti, Edvin; Ikonomi, Majlinda; Veshti, Altin; Demiraj, Aurel; Xhaxho, Roland

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The papillary fibroelastoma (PFE) is a rare and benign primary cardiac tumor, and the mostly frequently found tumor occurring in cardiac valves. Case presentation We describe a 52 year old female presenting a history of 2 weeks of fever due to wound infection after breast’s surgery. A preoperative echocardiography demonstrated a mass >1 cm2 originating from the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve mimicking vegetation. The patient underwent successful surgical removal of the PFE. The histologic evaluation demonstrated a PFE. Discussion With the introduction of echocardiography, the diagnosis of these tumors in living patients has been reported sporadically. PFE have been found most often on valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, and both ventricles. The differential diagnosis of PFE includes other cardiac tumors, thrombus, vegetation, and Lambl’s excrescences. Conclusion To summarize, we report a PFE of the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve. The diagnosis was confirmed by histopathological examination after surgical removal. Finally, careful echocardiographic analyses during evaluation of valvular masses are strongly recommended for differential diagnosis. PMID:26209756

  1. Design and Validation of a Novel Splashing Bioreactor System for Use in Mitral Valve Organ Culture

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    Barzilla, Janet E.; McKenney, Anna S.; Cowan, Ashley E.; Durst, Christopher A.; Grande-Allen, K. Jane

    2015-01-01

    Previous research in our lab suggested that heart valve tissues cultured without mechanical stimulation do not retain their in vivo microstructure, i.e., cell density decreased within the deep tissue layers and increased at the periphery. In this study, a splashing rotating bioreactor was designed to apply mechanical stimulation to a mitral valve leaflet segment. Porcine valve segments (n=9–10 per group) were cultured in the bioreactor for two weeks (dynamic culture); negative controls were cultured without mechanical stimulation (static culture), and baseline controls were fresh uncultured samples. Overall changes in cellularity and ECM structure were assessed by H&E and Movat pentachrome stains. Tissues were also immunostained for multiple extracellular matrix (ECM) components and turnover mediators. After two weeks of culture, proliferating cells were distributed throughout the tissue in segments cultured in the bioreactor, in contrast to segments cultured without mechanical stimulation. Most ECM components, especially collagen types I and III, better maintained normal expression patterns and magnitudes (as found in baseline controls) over two weeks of dynamic organ culture compared to static culture. Lack of mechanical stimulation changed several aspects of the tissue microstructure, including the cell distribution and ECM locations. In conclusion, mechanical stimulation by the bioreactor maintained tissue integrity, which will enable future in vitro investigation of mitral valve remodeling. PMID:20661646

  2. Mitral Valve Regurgitation in the LVAD-Assisted Heart Studied in a Mock Circulatory Loop.

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    May-Newman, K; Fisher, B; Hara, M; Dembitsky, W; Adamson, R

    2016-06-01

    Permanent closure of the aortic valve (AVC) is sometimes performed In LVAD patients, usually when a mechanical valve prosthesis or significant aortic insufficiency is present. Mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) present at the time of LVAD implantation can remain unresolved, representing a limitation for exercise tolerance and a potential predictor of mortality. To investigate the effect of MVR on hemodynamics of the LVAD-supported heart following AVC, studies were performed using a mock circulatory loop. Pressure and flow measured for a range of cardiac function, LVAD speed, and MVR show that cardiac contraction augments aortic pressure by 10-27% over nonpulsatile conditions when the mitral valve functions normally, but decreases with MVR until it reaches the nonpulsatile level. Aortic flow displays a similar trend, demonstrating a 25% decrease from fully functioning to open at 7 krpm, a 5% decrease at 9 krpm, and no observable effect at 11 krpm. Pulsatility decreases with increased LVAD speed and MVR. The data indicate that a modest level of cardiac output (1.5-2 L/min) can be maintained by the native heart through the LVAD when the LVAD is off. These results demonstrate that MVR decreases the augmentation of forward flow by improved cardiac function at lower LVAD speeds. While some level of MVR can be tolerated in LVAD recipients, this condition represents a risk, particularly in those patients that undergo AVC closure, and may warrant repair at the time of surgery. PMID:27008972

  3. Development of a semi-automated method for mitral valve modeling with medial axis representation using 3D ultrasound

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    M. Pouch, Alison; A. Yushkevich, Paul; M. Jackson, Benjamin; S. Jassar, Arminder; Vergnat, Mathieu; H. Gorman, Joseph; C. Gorman, Robert; M. Sehgal, Chandra

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Precise 3D modeling of the mitral valve has the potential to improve our understanding of valve morphology, particularly in the setting of mitral regurgitation (MR). Toward this goal, the authors have developed a user-initialized algorithm for reconstructing valve geometry from transesophageal 3D ultrasound (3D US) image data. Methods: Semi-automated image analysis was performed on transesophageal 3D US images obtained from 14 subjects with MR ranging from trace to severe. Image analysis of the mitral valve at midsystole had two stages: user-initialized segmentation and 3D deformable modeling with continuous medial representation (cm-rep). Semi-automated segmentation began with user-identification of valve location in 2D projection images generated from 3D US data. The mitral leaflets were then automatically segmented in 3D using the level set method. Second, a bileaflet deformable medial model was fitted to the binary valve segmentation by Bayesian optimization. The resulting cm-rep provided a visual reconstruction of the mitral valve, from which localized measurements of valve morphology were automatically derived. The features extracted from the fitted cm-rep included annular area, annular circumference, annular height, intercommissural width, septolateral length, total tenting volume, and percent anterior tenting volume. These measurements were compared to those obtained by expert manual tracing. Regurgitant orifice area (ROA) measurements were compared to qualitative assessments of MR severity. The accuracy of valve shape representation with cm-rep was evaluated in terms of the Dice overlap between the fitted cm-rep and its target segmentation. Results: The morphological features and anatomic ROA derived from semi-automated image analysis were consistent with manual tracing of 3D US image data and with qualitative assessments of MR severity made on clinical radiology. The fitted cm-reps accurately captured valve shape and demonstrated patient-specific differences in valve morphology among subjects with varying degrees of MR severity. Minimal variation in the Dice overlap and morphological measurements was observed when different cm-rep templates were used to initialize model fitting. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the use of deformable medial modeling for semi-automated 3D reconstruction of mitral valve geometry using transesophageal 3D US. The proposed algorithm provides a parametric geometrical representation of the mitral leaflets, which can be used to evaluate valve morphology in clinical ultrasound images. PMID:22320803

  4. Increased mitral valve regurgitation and myocardial hypertrophy in two dogs with long-term pimobendan therapy.

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    Tissier, R; Chetboul, V; Moraillon, R; Nicolle, A; Carlos, C; Enriquez, B; Pouchelon, J-L

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this article is to describe original adverse effects in two dogs chronically treated with the inodilator pimobendan. We report a German shepherd (i.e., dog 1) and a poodle (i.e., dog 2) that were referred to our cardiology unit after receiving pimobendan for 10 and 5 mo, respectively. In both dogs, conventional echo-Doppler examination demonstrated mitral valve regurgitation and myocardial hypertrophy. Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) was performed in the first case and revealed an abnormal relaxation phase. After the first examination, pimobendan administration was stopped in both cases and dogs were re-examined 3 and 1 mo later, respectively. Mitral valve regurgitation assessed by echocardiography decreased in both dogs, and the systolic heart murmur disappeared in dog 1. Importantly, most echocardiographic and TDI parameters tended to normalize in dog 1, suggesting, at least partial reversal of both myocardial hypertrophy and relaxation abnormality produced during inodilator therapy. This is the first report to describe an increase in mitral regurgitation under clinical conditions in dogs treated with pimobendan. We also suggest that pimobendan may induce ventricular hypertrophy. However, prospective studies are needed to confirm this observation. PMID:15738584

  5. Pre-clinical Experience with a Multi-Chordal Patch for Mitral Valve Repair.

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    Chawla, Surendra K; Shi, Weiwei; McIver, Bryant V; Vinten-Johansen, Jakob; Frater, Robert W M; Padala, Muralidhar

    2016-04-01

    Surgical repair of flail mitral valve leaflets with neochordoplasty has good outcomes, but implementing it in anterior and bi-leaflet leaflet repair is challenging. Placing and sizing individual neochordae is time consuming and error prone, with persistent localized flail if performed incorrectly. In this study, we report our pre-clinical experience with a novel multi-chordal patch for mitral valve repair. The device was designed based on human cadaver hearts, and laser cut from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. The prototypes were tested in: (stage 1) ex vivo hearts with leaflet flail (N = 6), (stage 2) acute swine induced with flail (N = 6), and (stage 3) two chronic swine survived to 23 and 120 days (N = 2). A2 and P2 prolapse were successfully repaired with coaptation length restored to 8.1 ± 2.2mm after posterior repair and to 10.2 ± 1.3mm after anterior repair in ex vivo hearts. In vivo, trace regurgitation was seen after repair with excellent patch durability, healing, and endothelialization at euthanasia. A new device for easier mitral repair is reported, with good early pre-clinical outcomes. PMID:26801477

  6. A Novel Left Heart Simulator for the Multi-modality Characterization of Native Mitral Valve Geometry and Fluid Mechanics

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    Rabbah, Jean-Pierre; Saikrishnan, Neelakantan; Yoganathan, Ajit P.

    2012-01-01

    Numerical models of the mitral valve have been used to elucidate mitral valve function and mechanics. These models have evolved from simple two-dimensional approximations to complex three-dimensional fully coupled fluid structure interaction models. However, to date these models lack direct one-to-one experimental validation. As computational solvers vary considerably, experimental benchmark data are critically important to ensure model accuracy. In this study, a novel left heart simulator was designed specifically for the validation of numerical mitral valve models. Several distinct experimental techniques were collectively performed to resolve mitral valve geometry and hemodynamics. In particular, micro-computed tomography was used to obtain accurate and high-resolution (39 µm voxel) native valvular anatomy, which included the mitral leaflets, chordae tendinae, and papillary muscles. Threedimensional echocardiography was used to obtain systolic leaflet geometry for direct comparison of resultant leaflet kinematics. Stereoscopic digital particle image velocimetry provided all three components of fluid velocity through the mitral valve, resolved every 25 ms in the cardiac cycle. A strong central filling jet was observed during peak systole, with minimal out-of-plane velocities (V~0.6m/s). In addition, physiologic hemodynamic boundary conditions were defined and all data were synchronously acquired through a central trigger. Finally, the simulator is a precisely controlled environment, in which flow conditions and geometry can be systematically prescribed and resultant valvular function and hemodynamics assessed. Thus, these data represent the first comprehensive database of high fidelity experimental data, critical for extensive validation of mitral valve fluid structure interaction simulations. PMID:22965640

  7. Calcific Aortic Valve Disease: Part 1-Molecular Pathogenetic Aspects, Hemodynamics, and Adaptive Feedbacks.

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    Pasipoularides, Ares

    2016-04-01

    Aortic valvular stenosis (AVS), produced by calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) causing reduced cusp opening, afflicts mostly older persons eventually requiring valve replacement. CAVD had been considered "degenerative," but newer investigations implicate active mechanisms similar to atherogenesis-genetic predisposition and signaling pathways, lipoprotein deposits, chronic inflammation, and calcification/osteogenesis. Consequently, CAVD may eventually be controlled/reversed by lifestyle and pharmacogenomics remedies. Its management should be comprehensive, embracing not only the valve but also the left ventricle and the arterial system with their interdependent morphomechanics/hemodynamics, which underlie the ensuing diastolic and systolic LV dysfunction. Compared to even a couple of decades ago, we now have an increased appreciation of genomic and cytomolecular pathogenetic mechanisms underlying CAVD. Future pluridisciplinary studies will characterize better and more completely its pathobiology, evolution, and overall dynamics, encompassing intricate feedback processes involving specific signaling molecules and gene network cascades. They will herald more effective, personalized medicine treatments of CAVD/AVS. PMID:26891845

  8. Intravascular hemolysis after mitral and aortic valve replacement with different types of mechanical prostheses.

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    Ismeno, G; Renzulli, A; Carozza, A; De Feo, M; Iannuzzi, M; Sante, P; Cotrufo, M

    1999-05-15

    Heart valve replacement with mechanical prosthesis is associated with mild intravascular hemolysis. In this study we evaluated the incidence of hemolysis in patients with different combinations of two mechanical valves. Between 1974 and 1996, 680 patients underwent mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical prostheses; we selected 90 patients, divided into six groups according to the prosthetic model (Group A, ball and tilting disc; Group B, ball and bileaflet; Group C, tilting disc and tilting disc; Group D, tilting disc and bileaflet; Group E, bileaflet and tilting disc; Group F, bileaflet and bileaflet; respectively, in mitral and aortic position). Blood tests were performed to check blood hemoglobin, serum lactic dehydrogenase, percent-correlated reticulocyte fraction, serum haptoglobin, and schistocytes. Chi square test was performed for categorical data. ANOVA and Bonferroni tests were performed in order to evaluate significant statistical differences between media and variance of the hematological data. A mild degree of intravascular hemolysis was observed in 30% of patients with double mechanical prostheses. LDH values were above the normal values in all groups, although a significant difference was found only between Group B versus Groups C and D. Reticulocytes and schistocytes and serum haptoglobin values were within the normal range and no differences were found between the groups. Low levels of blood hemoglobin were found in Groups D and F. The difference was statistically significant when compared with Groups A and E. In conclusion, hemolysis is frequent but never severe in patients with mitral and aortic mechanical prostheses. A higher incidence of subclinical hemolysis was found in patients with bileaflet valves regardless of the position of the implant. PMID:10549841

  9. Premeditated reoperation after mitral valve replacement with a Starr-Edwards ball valve for young women who desire to bear a child: report of two cases.

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    Asano, Ryota; Nakano, Kiyoharu; Kodera, Kojiro; Murai, Noriyuki; Sasaki, Akihito; Ikeda, Masahiro; Kataoka, Go; Yamaguchi, Akiko; Domoto, Satoru; Takeuchi, Yasuo

    2009-01-01

    There are many difficulties for young women with a Starr-Edwards ball valve who want to attempt pregnancy. There is no consensus regarding whether they should maintain anticoagulation therapy throughout pregnancy with the risk of a thromboembolism or to undergo a reoperation with bioprosthetic heart valves, followed by a third operation when the valve deteriorates. This report presents two cases of young women who underwent mitral valve replacement (MVR) with Starr-Edwards ball valves (model 6120: 1M) during their childhood. Although they did not have any cardiac symptoms, transthoracic echocardiography and cardiac catheterization data demonstrated that both the patients had asymptomatic mild relative mitral stenosis. They both wished to bear a child. After the patients and their family provided thorough informed consent, redo MVRs were preformed safely with biological prostheses. The presence of significant pannus formation along the strut and sewing ring of the excised valves could also have a positive impact on the decision to undergo reoperation. PMID:19639442

  10. The evolution from surgery to percutaneous mitral valve interventions: the role of the edge-to-edge technique.

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    Maisano, Francesco; La Canna, Giovanni; Colombo, Antonio; Alfieri, Ottavio

    2011-11-15

    The edge-to-edge technique is a versatile procedure for mitral valve repair. Its technical simplicity has been the prerequisite for the development of a number of transcatheter technologies to perform percutaneous mitral valve repair. The evolution from a standard open heart surgical to percutaneous procedure involved the application of the technique in minimally invasive robotic surgery and direct access (transatrial) off-pump suture-based repair and finally in the fully percutaneous approach with either suture-based or device (clip)-based approach. The MitraClip (Abbott Vascular, Menlo Park, California) is currently available for clinical use in Europe, and it is mainly applied to treat high-risk patients with functional mitral regurgitation. A critical review of the surgical as well as the early percutaneous repair data is necessary to elucidate the clinical role and the potential for future developments of the edge-to-edge repair in the treatment of mitral regurgitation. PMID:22078423

  11. Management-Oriented Classification of Mitral Valve Regurgitation

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    El Oakley, Reida; Shah, Aijaz

    2011-01-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) has previously been classified into rheumatic, primary, and secondary MR according to the underlying disease process. Carpentier's/Duran functional classifications are apt in describing the mechanism(s) of MR. Modern management of MR, however, depends primarily on the severity of MR, status of the left ventricular function, and the presence or absence of symptoms, hence the need for a management-oriented classification of MR. In this paper we describe a classification of MR into 4 phases according to LV function: phase I = MR with normal left ventricle, phase II = MR with normal ejection fraction (EF) and indirect signs of LV dysfunction such as pulmonary hypertension and/or recent onset atrial fibrillation, phase III = EF ≥ 30%–< 50% and/or mild to moderate LV dilatation (ESID 40–54 mm), and phase IV = EF < 30% and/or severe LV dilatation (ESDID ≥ 55 mm). Each phase is further subdivided into three stages: stage “A” with an effective regurgitant orifice (ERO) < 20 mm, stage “B” with an ERO = 20–39 mm, and stage “C” with an ERO ≥ 40 mm. Evidence-based indications and outcome of intervention for MR will also be discussed. PMID:22347660

  12. Mortality after percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair: a contemporary review

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    de Beenhouwer, Thomas; Swaans, Martin J.; Post, Marco C.; van der Heyden, Jan A. S.; Eefting, Frank D.; Rensing, Benno J. W. M.

    2016-01-01

    Percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve (MV) repair is a relatively new treatment option for mitral regurgitation (MR). After the feasibility and safety having been proved in low-surgical-risk patients, the use of this procedure has shifted more to the treatment of high-risk patients. With the absence of randomized controlled trials (RCT) for this particular subgroup, observational studies try to add evidence to the safety aspect of this procedure. These also provide short- and mid-term mortality figures. Several mortality predictors have been identified, which may help the optimal selection of patients who will benefit most from this technique. In this article we provide an overview of the literature about mortality and its predictors in patients treated with the percutaneous edge-to-edge device. PMID:27054105

  13. Primary Cardiac Synovial Sarcoma Originating From the Mitral Valve Causing Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction.

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    Prifti, Edvin; Veshti, Altin; Ikonomi, Majlinda; Demiraj, Aurel

    2015-10-01

    An 11-year-old boy was admitted with complaints of syncope and convulsion. Echocardiogram revealed a mass measuring 2 × 4 cm related to the mitral subvalvular apparatus. The mass, which appeared to be attached to the anterolateral papillary muscle, protruded into the left ventricular outflow tract causing intermittent obstruction. The patient underwent surgical excision of the mass. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis of primary synovial sarcoma. At six months following the operation, a small mass measuring 1 × 1 cm was detected in the left ventricle. The patient underwent reoperation consisting of radical resection of the subvalvular apparatus and mitral valve replacement. Histology confirmed that the mass was cardiac synovial sarcoma. One year after surgery, the patient is doing well. PMID:26467881

  14. Primary cardiac synovial sarcoma originating from the mitral valve causing left ventricular outflow tract obstruction.

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    Veshti, Altin; Prifti, Edvin Mihal; Ikonomi, Majlinda

    2015-01-01

    An 11-year-old boy was admitted due to different episodes of syncope and convulsion. Echocardiogram revealed a mass of 2 × 4 cm originating from the mitral subvalvular apparatus and more precisely from the antero-lateral papillary muscle, protruding in the left ventricle outflow tract causing intermittent obstruction. The patient underwent surgical excision of the left sided mass. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis of primary synovial sarcoma. At 6 months after the operation a small mass in the left ventricle of 1 × 1 cm was detected. The patient underwent reoperation consisting in radical resection of the subvalvular apparatus and mitral valve replacement. Histology confirmed that the mass was a cardiac synovial sarcoma. At 1 year after surgery the patient is doing well. PMID:26115156

  15. Left ventricular pacing can be a complementary solution for systolic anterior motion after mitral valve plasty.

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    Ushijima, Tomoki; Nishida, Takahiro; Kan-O, Meikun; Tominaga, Ryuji

    2016-03-01

    A 54-year old man underwent redo mitral valve (MV) plasty because of recurrent mitral regurgitation (MR). Intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography revealed severe MR and turbulent flow at the left ventricular (LV) outflow tract associated with systolic anterior motion of the MV. Various medical treatments, additional surgical correction, and atrial and right ventricular pacing had failed to resolve the MR associated with systolic anterior motion. LV pacing, however, markedly attenuated MR. Temporary LV pacing was discontinued on postoperative day 2, and subsequently MR associated with systolic anterior motion has not recurred. LV dyssynchrony resulting from conduction disturbances might cause systolic anterior motion immediately after MV plasty. We speculate that LV pacing eliminated LV dyssynchrony and improved the MR associated with systolic anterior motion. Temporary LV pacing can be performed easily and safely at the time of MV plasty. LV pacing can be a complementary treatment for systolic anterior motion and resultant MR. PMID:25904766

  16. Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis of Papillary Muscle Forces Using a Comprehensive Mitral Valve Model with 3D Chordal Structure.

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    Toma, Milan; Jensen, Morten Ø; Einstein, Daniel R; Yoganathan, Ajit P; Cochran, Richard P; Kunzelman, Karyn S

    2016-04-01

    Numerical models of native heart valves are being used to study valve biomechanics to aid design and development of repair procedures and replacement devices. These models have evolved from simple two-dimensional approximations to complex three-dimensional, fully coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI) systems. Such simulations are useful for predicting the mechanical and hemodynamic loading on implanted valve devices. A current challenge for improving the accuracy of these predictions is choosing and implementing modeling boundary conditions. In order to address this challenge, we are utilizing an advanced in vitro system to validate FSI conditions for the mitral valve system. Explanted ovine mitral valves were mounted in an in vitro setup, and structural data for the mitral valve was acquired with [Formula: see text]CT. Experimental data from the in vitro ovine mitral valve system were used to validate the computational model. As the valve closes, the hemodynamic data, high speed leaflet dynamics, and force vectors from the in vitro system were compared to the results of the FSI simulation computational model. The total force of 2.6 N per papillary muscle is matched by the computational model. In vitro and in vivo force measurements enable validating and adjusting material parameters to improve the accuracy of computational models. The simulations can then be used to answer questions that are otherwise not possible to investigate experimentally. This work is important to maximize the validity of computational models of not just the mitral valve, but any biomechanical aspect using computational simulation in designing medical devices. PMID:26183963

  17. Atorvastatin Inhibits Hypercholesterolemia-Induced Calcification in the Aortic Valves via the Lrp5 Receptor Pathway

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    Rajamannan, Nalini M.; Subramaniam, Malayannan; Caira, Frank; Stock, Stuart R.; Spelsberg, Thomas C.

    2014-01-01

    Background Calcific aortic valve disease is the most common indication for surgical valve replacement in the United States. The cellular mechanisms of valve calcification are not well understood. We have previously shown that cellular proliferation and osteoblastogenesis are important in the development of valvular heart disease. Lrp5, a known low-density receptor-related protein, plays an essential role in cellular proliferation and osteoblastogenesis via the β-catenin signaling pathway. We hypothesize that Lrp5 also plays a role in aortic valve (AV) calcification in experimental hypercholesterolemia. Methods and Results We examined the effects of cholesterol and atorvastatin in Watanabe rabbits (n=54). Group I (n=18) received a normal diet, group II (n=18) a 0.25% cholesterol diet, and group III (n=18) a 0.25% (w/w) cholesterol diet with atorvastatin for the development of calcification. The AVs were examined for cellular proliferation, Lrp5/β-catenin, and bone matrix markers. Bone formation was assessed by micro-computed tomography, calcein injection, and osteopontin expression. Low-density lipoprotein with and without atorvastatin was also tested in AV myofibroblasts for cellular proliferation and regulation of the Lrp5/β-catenin pathway. Our results demonstrate that the cholesterol diet induced complex bone formations in the calcified AVs with an increase in the Lrp5 receptors, osteopontin, and p42/44 expression. Atorvastatin reduced bone formation, cellular proliferation, and Lrp5/β-catenin protein levels in the AVs. In vitro analysis confirmed the Lrp5/β-catenin expression in myofibroblast cell proliferation. Conclusion Hypercholesterolemic AV calcification is attenuated by atorvastatin and is mediated in part by the Lrp5/β-catenin pathway. This developmental pathway may be important in the signaling pathway of this disease. PMID:16159822

  18. Effects of Bileaflet Mechanical Mitral Valve Rotational Orientation on Left Ventricular Flow Conditions

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    Westerdale, John C; Adrian, Ronald; Squires, Kyle; Chaliki, Hari; Belohlavek, Marek

    2015-01-01

    We studied left ventricular flow patterns for a range of rotational orientations of a bileaflet mechanical heart valve (MHV) implanted in the mitral position of an elastic model of a beating left ventricle (LV). The valve was rotated through 3 angular positions (0, 45, and 90 degrees) about the LV long axis. Ultrasound scans of the elastic LV were obtained in four apical 2-dimensional (2D) imaging projections, each with 45 degrees of separation. Particle imaging velocimetry was performed during the diastolic period to quantify the in-plane velocity field obtained by computer tracking of diluted microbubbles in the acquired ultrasound projections. The resulting velocity field, vorticity, and shear stresses were statistically significantly altered by angular positioning of the mechanical valve, although the results did not show any specific trend with the valve angular position and were highly dependent on the orientation of the imaging plane with respect to the valve. We conclude that bileaflet MHV orientation influences hemodynamics of LV filling. However, determination of ‘optimal’ valve orientation cannot be made without measurement techniques that account for the highly 3-dimensional (3D) intraventricular flow. PMID:26312080

  19. Proteomic analysis of mitral valve in Lewis rat with acute rheumatic heart disease

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    Li, Wenting; Zeng, Zhiyu; Gui, Chun; Zheng, Huilei; Huang, Weiqiang; Wei, Heng; Gong, Danping

    2015-01-01

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) makes a heavy burden in human lives and economy. The proteomic analysis of acute rheumatic heart disease (ARHD) can provide precious data to study RHD at the early stages, but no one has looked into. So based on our early research we applied the method of continuous GAS stimulation on Lewis rats to duplicate the animal model of ARHD. And the mitral valves of rats in control group (n=10) and ARHD group (n=10) were selected for proteomic analysis of ARHD with the iTRAQ labeling based 2D LC-ESI-MS/MS quantitative technology. We identified 3931 proteins in valve tissue out of which we obtained 395 differentially expressed proteins containing 176 up-regulated proteins and 119 down-regulated proteins. Changes in levels of GAPDH (6.793 times higher than the control group) and CD9 (2.63 times higher than the control group) were confirmed by Western blot or immunohistochemistry. The differentially expressed proteins such as GAPDH, CD9, myosin, collagen and RAC1 may be potential biomarkers for ARHD. Moreover, the mitral valve protein profile shed light on further understanding and investigating ARHD. PMID:26823728

  20. In vitro assessment of mitral valve function in cyclically pressurized porcine hearts.

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    Vismara, Riccardo; Leopaldi, Alberto M; Piola, Marco; Asselta, Chiara; Lemma, Massimo; Antona, Carlo; Redaelli, Alberto; van de Vosse, Frans; Rutten, Marcel; Fiore, Gianfranco B

    2016-04-01

    Recent approaches to the in vitro experimental study of cardiac fluid mechanics involve the use of whole biological structures to investigate in the lab novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of heart pathologies. To enhance reliability and repeatability, the influence of the actuation strategy of the experimental apparatuses on the biomechanics of biological structures needs to be assessed. Using echography and intracardiac high-speed imaging, we compared the mitral valve (MV) anatomo-functional features (coaptation areas/lengths, papillary muscles-valvular plane distances) in two passive-beating-heart mock loops with internal (IPML) or external (EPML) pressurization of the ventricular chamber. Both apparatuses showed fluid dynamic conditions that closely resembled the physiology. The MVs analyzed in the EPML presented coaptation areas and lengths that were systematically higher, and exhibited greater variability from early-to peak-systole, as compared to those in the IPML. Moreover, in the EPML, the MV leaflets exhibited a convexity with high curvature toward the atrium. With the IPML, MV coaptation lengths ranged similar to available clinical data and the papillary muscles-valve plane distances were more stable throughout systole. In conclusion, both the apparatuses allow for reproducing in vitro the left heart hemodynamics, in terms of flow rates and pressures, with proper mitral valve continence. Results suggest that the IPML is more suitable for replicating the physiological MV functioning, while the EPML may have more potential as a model for the study of MV pathologies. PMID:26908180

  1. Is valve surgery indicated in patients with severe mitral regurgitation even if they are asymptomatic?

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    Levine, H J

    1990-01-01

    There is a natural reluctance among clinicians to recommend surgery in asymptomatic patients with cardiac disease and in patients with stenotic disease of the mitral and aortic valves; this instinct will mislead us very rarely. However, among patients with chronic volume overload of the LV, this rule-of-thumb does not always apply. For truly asymptomatic patients with severe MR who clearly have normal LV function, continued medical therapy with serial monitoring of LV dynamics is a prudent alternative to the small risk of corrective surgery. However, the major challenge in addressing this problem is the definition and detection of LV dysfunction in chronic MR. Thus, for MR patients with questionable impairment of myocardial function (generally those with an SEF between 0.55 and 0.70), an examination of chamber dimensions and particularly stress-shortening relations may be necessary to detect early LV dysfunction. Should LV dysfunction be identified or should serial studies indicate an adverse trend in LV performance, a strong case can be made for proceeding with surgery. Patients with an SEF of less than 0.55 must be assumed to have LV dysfunction and analogous data from patients with chronic AR suggest that a satisfactory surgical result may be achieved if the duration of LV dysfunction is brief. Those patients with chronic MR whose disease is likely to be amenable to mitral valve repair rather than valve replacement deserve a lower threshold for corrective surgery. PMID:2199046

  2. Defining the clinical need and indications: who are the right patients for transcatheter mitral valve replacement.

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    Baumgarten, Heike; Squiers, John J; Arsalan, Mani; John, M; Dimaio, Michael J

    2016-06-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) can be divided into two major etiologies, primary and secondary MR. Primary MR, also termed degenerative or organic MR, is a disease of the valve itself and is treated routinely by surgical repair in all but prohibitive risk patients. In these patients, transcatheter repair techniques, including edge to edge repair with the MitraClip device have been largely successful and widely adopted. Transcatheter placement of artificial chords has also been performed. The potential role for transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) in primary MR will likely be quite limited. Secondary or functional MR is due to a disease of the left ventricle and not the valve itself. The MR is a result of dilation of the left ventricle causing distraction of the papillary muscles with tethering of the mitral leaflets and lack of leaflet coaptation. Medical therapy is the mainstay treatment, with resynchronization used in appropriate patients. Surgical repair, usually with an undersized annuloplasty, is used in a limited number of patients. Transcatheter edge to edge repair is used extensively outside the US in secondary MR and is the subject of a pivotal trial in the US. However, it is in this group of patients with secondary MR that there is the largest clinical unmet need and, hence, the greatest potential opportunity for TMVR. At least ten TMVR platforms are in early feasibility, first in human, or preclinical trial stages. Four devices have cumulative early human experience in <100 patients. In this article, we discuss those patients most likely to benefit from TMVR and detail lessons learned from the first human studies regarding patient selection. PMID:27028332

  3. Prediction of coronary artery disease in patients undergoing operations for mitral valve degeneration

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    Lin, S. S.; Lauer, M. S.; Asher, C. R.; Cosgrove, D. M.; Blackstone, E.; Thomas, J. D.; Garcia, M. J.

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: We sought to develop and validate a model that estimates the risk of obstructive coronary artery disease in patients undergoing operations for mitral valve degeneration and to demonstrate its potential clinical utility. METHODS: A total of 722 patients (67% men; age, 61 +/- 12 years) without a history of myocardial infarction, ischemic electrocardiographic changes, or angina who underwent routine coronary angiography before mitral valve prolapse operations between 1989 and 1996 were analyzed. A bootstrap-validated logistic regression model on the basis of clinical risk factors was developed to identify low-risk (< or =5%) patients. Obstructive coronary atherosclerosis was defined as 50% or more luminal narrowing in one or more major epicardial vessels, as determined by means of coronary angiography. RESULTS: One hundred thirty-nine (19%) patients had obstructive coronary atherosclerosis. Independent predictors of coronary artery disease include age, male sex, hypertension, diabetes mellitus,and hyperlipidemia. Two hundred twenty patients were designated as low risk according to the logistic model. Of these patients, only 3 (1.3%) had single-vessel disease, and none had multivessel disease. The model showed good discrimination, with an area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve of 0.84. Cost analysis indicated that application of this model could safely eliminate 30% of coronary angiograms, corresponding to cost savings of $430,000 per 1000 patients without missing any case of high-risk coronary artery disease. CONCLUSION: A model with standard clinical predictors can reliably estimate the prevalence of obstructive coronary atherosclerosis in patients undergoing mitral valve prolapse operations. This model can identify low-risk patients in whom routine preoperative angiography may be safely avoided.

  4. Computer-assisted design of butterfly bileaflet valves for the mitral position.

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    McQueen, D M; Peskin, C S

    1985-01-01

    This paper describes the application of computer testing to a design study of butterfly bileaflet mitral prostheses having flat or curved leaflets. The curvature is in the plane normal to the pivot axes and is such that the convex sides of the leaflets face each other when the valve is open. The design parameters considered are the curvature of the leaflets and the location of the pivot points. In this study, stagnation is assessed by computing the smallest value (over the three openings of the valve) of the peak velocity, and hemodynamic performance is judged by a benefit/cost ratio: the net stroke volume divided by the mean transvalvular pressure difference. Unlike the case of a pivoting single-disc valve, the inclusion of a constraint on the maximum angle of opening of the leaflets is found to be essential for adequate, competent performance. Results are presented with both 85 degrees and 90 degrees constraints, since best performance is achieved with the opening-angle constraint in this range. Asymmetry of leaflet motion which is observed with flat leaflets in the mitral position is reduced with modest leaflet curvature. Leaflet curvature also ameliorates central orifice stagnation, which is observed with flat leaflets. Curvature of the valve produces the following improvements in comparison with the best flat valve when the opening-angle constraint is 85 degrees: a 38% increase in the minimum peak velocity and a 16% increase in the hemodynamic benefit/cost ratio. With a 90 degrees constraint the corresponding improvements are 34% and 20%, respectively. PMID:4048884

  5. Multidetector row computed tomography assessment of the native aortic and mitral valve: a call for routine assessment of left-sided heart valves during coronary computed tomography.

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    de Heer, Linda M; Habets, Jesse; Chamuleau, Steven A J; Mali, Willem P Th M; van Herwerden, Lex A; Kluin, Jolanda; Budde, Ricardo P J

    2012-01-01

    Aortic valve stenosis and mitral valve regurgitation are the most common valvular heart diseases (VHD) in Western countries. In daily clinical practice, the diagnosis and evaluation of the severity of VHD is based on clinical findings and imaging. Transthoracic echocardiography is the preferred imaging technique for the initial evaluation of VHD. In patients with inconclusive transthoracic echocardiography, transoesophageal echocardiography can have additional diagnostic value. Cardiac multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) has proven to have diagnostic value in the evaluation of coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients with a low-to-intermediate pretest probability. The images acquired for coronary assessment also contain diagnostic information on heart valves. The purpose of this review was to discuss the diagnostic value of MDCT for the evaluation of left-sided VHD. We provide an overview of the literature comparing echocardiography and MDCT for VHD assessment focusing on aortic valve and mitral valve disease, and we present clinical recommendations. PMID:23045729

  6. Calcification Characteristics of Low-Flow Low-Gradient Severe Aortic Stenosis in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

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    Stähli, Barbara E.; Nguyen-Kim, Thi Dan Linh; Gebhard, Cathérine; Frauenfelder, Thomas; Tanner, Felix C.; Nietlispach, Fabian; Maisano, Francesco; Falk, Volkmar; Lüscher, Thomas F.; Maier, Willibald; Binder, Ronald K.

    2015-01-01

    Low-flow low-gradient severe aortic stenosis (LFLGAS) is associated with worse outcomes. Aortic valve calcification patterns of LFLGAS as compared to non-LFLGAS have not yet been thoroughly assessed. 137 patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with preprocedural multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and postprocedural transthoracic echocardiography were enrolled. Calcification characteristics were assessed by MDCT both for the total aortic valve and separately for each leaflet. 34 patients had LFLGAS and 103 non-LFLGAS. Total aortic valve calcification volume (p < 0.001), mass (p < 0.001), and density (p = 0.004) were lower in LFLGAS as compared to non-LFLGAS patients. At 30-day follow-up, mean transaortic pressure gradients and more than mild paravalvular regurgitation did not differ between groups. In conclusion, LFLGAS and non-LFLGAS express different calcification patterns which, however, did not impact on device success after TAVR. PMID:26435875

  7. Mitral annulus segmentation from four-dimensional ultrasound using a valve state predictor and constrained optical flow

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    Schneider, Robert J.; Perrin, Douglas P.; Vasilyev, Nikolay V.; Marx, Gerald R.; del Nido, Pedro J.; Howe, Robert D.

    2012-01-01

    Measurement of the shape and motion of the mitral valve annulus has proven useful in a number of applications, including pathology diagnosis and mitral valve modeling. Current methods to delineate the annulus from four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound, however, either require extensive overhead or user-interaction, become inaccurate as they accumulate tracking error, or they do not account for annular shape or motion. This paper presents a new 4D annulus segmentation method to account for these deficiencies. The method builds on a previously published three-dimensional (3D) annulus segmentation algorithm that accurately and robustly segments the mitral annulus in a frame with a closed valve. In the 4D method, a valve state predictor determines when the valve is closed. Subsequently, the 3D annulus segmentation algorithm finds the annulus in those frames. For frames with an open valve, a constrained optical flow algorithm is used to the track the annulus. The only inputs to the algorithm are the selection of one frame with a closed valve and one user-specified point near the valve, neither of which needs to be precise. The accuracy of the tracking method is shown by comparing the tracking results to manual segmentations made by a group of experts, where an average RMS difference of 1.67 ± 0.63 mm was found across 30 tracked frames. PMID:22200622

  8. Valvoplasty for abnormalities of posterior (mural) cusp of the mitral valve

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    Brown, A. H.; Braimbridge, M. V.; Clement, A. J.; Sabar, E.; Mendel, D.

    1968-01-01

    Five patients with abnormalities of the chordae tendineae of the posterior (mural) cusp of the mitral valve have been treated by plication of the cusp, annulus, and atrium in continuity (modified McGoon valvoplasty). They had acute symptoms with physical signs characterized by sinus rhythm and an apical pansystolic murmur radiating to the base of the heart. Investigation showed high left atrial systolic pressures in small atria. Apart from one patient who died of cerebral air embolism with a good haemodynamic result, all were immediately improved and had smooth post-operative courses. Improvement was maintained at follow-up without embolic complications despite stopping anticoagulants. Images PMID:5711769

  9. Recurrent infarctions due to a dome-shaped pannus above the mitral valve prosthesis

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    Inoue, Yoshito; Suzuki, Satoru

    2016-01-01

    This report describes a unique case of a 56-year-old female who suffered from recurrent stroke after double mechanical valve replacement. During the four years after the surgery, she remained in normal sinus rhythm, received adequate anticoagulation therapy, and no apparent left atrial thrombus was detected. She underwent redo surgery to prevent further stroke after fourth instance of cerebral infarction. Intraoperative findings revealed a ‘dome-shaped’ pannus formation covering the sewing ring of the mitral prosthesis circumferentially, probably leading to clot formation and repeated infarctions. She has been stroke free for three years after pannus resection. PMID:26904241

  10. Transseptal Approach versus Left Atrial Approach to Mitral Valve: A Propensity Score Matching Study

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    Rezahosseini, Omid; Rezaei, Mohamadreza; Ahmadi Tafti, Seyed Hossein; Jalali, Arash; Bina, Payvand; Ghiasi, Atefeh; Karimi, Abbasali; Abbasi, Kiomars; Shirzad, Mahmood; Davoodi, Saeed; Salehi Omran, Abbas

    2015-01-01

    Background: Many patients with mitral valve diseases need surgical procedures for the repair or replacement of their mitral valve. There is a great deal of controversy over the outcomes of the transseptal (TS) and left atrial (LA) approaches to the mitral valve. We sought to evaluate the outcomes of each approach more accurately by eliminating the possible biases in case selection and matching. Methods: This retrospective study included patients who had surgery for mitral valve diseases via either the TS approach or the LA approach between 2004 and 2011 in Tehran Heart Center. Patients with surgical approaches other than the TS and LA were excluded. To control for the confounding effects, a propensity score matching technique was applied and the patients were matched for 14 demographic and preoperative variables. After the selection of controls, the effect of the TS approach (163 patients) versus the LA approach (652 patients) on the outcomes was presented through odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: The mean age of the patients was 53.15 ± 12.02 years in the TS group and 52.93 ± 13.56 years in the LA group. Females comprised 119 (73.0%) patients in the TS group and 462 (70.9%) in the LA group. There was a significant association in the prevalence of new postoperative atrial fibrillation in the two groups (OR = 1.539, 95%CI: 1.072-2.210; p value = 0.019). Temporary pacemaker placement had no statistically significant difference between the two groups (p value = 0.418). The TS patients had significantly longer pump (p value < 0.001) and cross-clamp (p value < 0.001) times. The mortality rate was 4.1% (27 patients) in the LA group and 6.1% (10 patients) in the TS group (p value = 0.274). Conclusion: In our study population, the TS approach was associated with higher pump and cross-clamp times as well as risk of postoperative atrial fibrillation, but it did not increase the rates of permanent pacemaker placement, re-operations, and mortality.

  11. Reciprocal interactions between mitral valve endothelial and interstitial cells reduce endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition and myofibroblastic activation

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    Shapero, Kayle; Wylie-Sears, Jill; Levine, Robert A.; Mayer, John E.; Bischoff, Joyce

    2015-01-01

    Thickening of mitral leaflets, endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), and activated myofibroblast-like interstitial cells have been observed in ischemic mitral valve regurgitation. We set out to determine if interactions between mitral valve endothelial cells (VEC) and interstitial cells (VIC) might affect these alterations. We used in vitro co-culture in Transwell™ inserts to test the hypothesis that VIC secrete factors that inhibit EndMT and conversely, that VEC secrete factors that mitigate the activation of VIC to a myofibroblast-like, activated phenotype. Primary cultures and clonal populations of ovine mitral VIC and VEC were used. Western blot, quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (qPCR) and functional assays were used to assess changes in cell phenotype and behavior. VIC or conditioned media from VIC inhibited transforming growth factorβ (TGFβ)-induced EndMT in VEC, as indicated by reduced expression of EndMT markers α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), Slug, Snai1 and MMP-2 and maintained ability of VEC to mediate leukocyte adhesion, an important endothelial function. VEC or conditioned media from VEC reversed the spontaneous cell culture-induced change in VIC to an activated phenotype, as indicated by reduced expression of α-SMA and type I collagen, increased expression chondromodulin-1 (Chm1), and reduced contractile activity. These results demonstrate that mitral VEC and VIC secrete soluble factors that can reduce VIC activation and inhibit TGFβ-driven EndMT, respectively. These findings suggest that the endothelium of the mitral valve is critical for the maintenance of a quiescent VIC phenotype and that, in turn, VIC prevent EndMT. We speculate that disturbance of the ongoing reciprocal interactions between VEC and VICs in vivo may contribute to the thickened and fibrotic leaflets observed in ischemic mitral regurgitation, and in other types of valve disease. PMID:25633835

  12. Inhibition of bioprosthetic heart valve calcification with aminodiphosphonate covalently bound to residual aldehyde groups

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    Webb, C.L.; Benedict, J.J.; Schoen, F.J.; Linden, J.A.; Levy, R.J.

    1988-09-01

    Calcification is the principal mode of failure of bioprosthetic heart valves (BPHV) fabricated from glutaraldehyde-pretreated porcine aortic valves or bovine pericardium. Covalent binding of aminopropanehydroxy-diphosphonate (APDP) to residual glutaraldehyde in pericardial BPHV tissue was studied as an approach for the inhibition of calcification. BPHV tissue was preincubated in 0.14 M APDP at pH 7.4, 9.0, and 11.0 for various durations (1 hour to 8 days). The need for NaBH4 stabilization of the tissue-bound APDP was also examined in vitro. The bound APDP was determined using 14C-labeled APDP. APDP uptake was dependent on incubation duration and pH. Calcification of APDP-pretreated BPHV was studied using 21-day rat subdermal implants. Calcification inhibition was directly related to the amount of tissue APDP incorporation. Inhibition of calcification to less than 15% of control was achieved with a concentration of bound APDP of greater than or equal to 30 nM/mg dry tissue with more than 1 hour of incubation at pH 11.0 (bound APDP, 33.55 nM/mg; BPHV calcium content = 3.1 +/- 0.9 micrograms/mg). No adverse effects such as rat growth inhibition or disruption of bone architecture were observed after any treatment. Additionally, in vitro, NaBH4 stabilized tissue-bound APDP. In conclusion, APDP covalently bound to residual aldehyde functions markedly inhibited calcification of BPHV tissue. This inhibition was dependent on the amount of APDP incorporated. NaBH4 stabilized APDP-glutaraldehyde covalent bonds.

  13. Cardiac Hemodynamics in the Pathogenesis of Congenital Heart Disease and Aortic Valve Calcification

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    Nigam, Vishal

    2011-11-01

    An improved understanding of the roles of hemodynamic forces play in cardiac development and the pathogenesis of cardiac disease will have significant scientific and clinical impact. I will focus on the role of fluid dynamics in congenital heart disease and aortic valve calcification. Congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defect. Aortic valve calcification/stenosis is the third leading cause of adult heart disease and the most common form of acquired valvular disease in developed countries. Given the high incidence of these diseases and their associated morbidity and mortality, the potential translational impact of an improved understanding of cardiac hemodynamic forces is very large. Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego

  14. Simplified surgical-hybrid Melody valve implantation for paediatric mitral valve disease.

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    Hofmann, Michael; Dave, Hitendu; Hübler, Michael; Kretschmar, Oliver

    2015-05-01

    Children suffering from left atrioventricular valve (LAVV) disease not amenable to repair represent a significant challenge. The results of surgical reconstruction are not optimal. Valve replacement as an alternative is associated with poor results. The surgical-hybrid approach with implantation of a stented biological valve (bovine jugular vein graft, Melody valve) seems to represent a new therapeutic option. Here we demonstrate our case, the consideration and the approach to extreme clinical findings in a small child. We describe a simplified surgical-hybrid Melody valve implantation in a LAVV position. The technique of implantation is relatively simple and the immediate postoperative result very good. PMID:25015952

  15. Prevention of bioprosthetic heart valve tissue calcification by charge modification: effects of protamine binding by formaldehyde.

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    Golomb, G; Ezra, V

    1991-01-01

    Calcification is the principal cause of the clinical failure of bioprosthetic heart valves (BHV). Calcification occurs through an interaction of host and implant factors, mainly younger age and glutaraldehyde pretreatment, respectively. The hypothesis of this work was that an impaired balance between positively and negatively charged amino acids, due to the reaction with Lys and Hyl tissue-collagen residues, expose affinity sites to Ca++. We further hypothesized that regardless of the cause(s) of BHV calcification, positive charge modification of the tissues will prevent their propensity to calcify. Modification of BHV tissue was obtained by covalently binding protamine sulfate, a polybasic peptide, via formaldehyde and subsequent glutaraldehyde tissue crosslinking. Protamine-bound tissue exhibited stability properties (shrinkage temperature and resistance to collagenase digestion) similar to BHV tissue. Protamine-treated tissue was less permeable to Ca++, and reduced staining was observed with positively charged dyes, indicating the presence of positively charged functional groups in the modified tissue. Significant prevention of calcification was exhibited by the p-bound tissue in comparison to BHV tissue, 30.9 and 109 micrograms/mg calcium, respectively, after 30 days of subdermal implants in rats. The modification procedure resulted in stable, covalent links of approximately 10% w/w protamine with undiminished anticalcification properties, even after 1 year storage. The results support our hypotheses, and orthotopical heart valve replacements are required in order to completely evaluate the treatment efficacy and biocompatibility. PMID:1902234

  16. Cleft posterior mitral valve leaflet in an adult with Turner syndrome diagnosed with the use of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Negrea, Stefania Luminita; Alexandrescu, Clara; Sabatier, Michel; Dreyfus, Gilles D

    2012-01-01

    Turner syndrome is a monosomy (45,X karyotype) in which the prevalence of cardiovascular anomalies is high. However, this aspect of Turner syndrome has received little attention outside of the pediatric medical literature, and the entire spectrum of cardiovascular conditions in adults remains unknown. We present the case of a 34-year-old woman who had Turner syndrome. When she was a teenager, her native bicuspid aortic valve was replaced with a mechanical prosthesis. Fifteen years later, during preoperative examination for prosthesis-patient mismatch, severe mitral regurgitation was detected, and a congenital cleft in the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve was diagnosed with use of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. The patient underwent concurrent mitral valve repair and aortic valve replacement. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a cleft in the posterior mitral valve leaflet as a cardiovascular defect observed in Turner syndrome, and the first such instance to have been diagnosed with the use of 3-dimensional echocardiography. PMID:22949775

  17. Cleft Posterior Mitral Valve Leaflet in an Adult with Turner Syndrome Diagnosed with the Use of 3-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography

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    Negrea, Stefania Luminita; Alexandrescu, Clara; Sabatier, Michel; Dreyfus, Gilles D.

    2012-01-01

    Turner syndrome is a monosomy (45,X karyotype) in which the prevalence of cardiovascular anomalies is high. However, this aspect of Turner syndrome has received little attention outside of the pediatric medical literature, and the entire spectrum of cardiovascular conditions in adults remains unknown. We present the case of a 34-year-old woman who had Turner syndrome. When she was a teenager, her native bicuspid aortic valve was replaced with a mechanical prosthesis. Fifteen years later, during preoperative examination for prosthesis-patient mismatch, severe mitral regurgitation was detected, and a congenital cleft in the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve was diagnosed with use of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiog-raphy. The patient underwent concurrent mitral valve repair and aortic valve replacement. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a cleft in the posterior mitral valve leaflet as a cardiovascular defect observed in Turner syndrome, and the first such instance to have been diagnosed with the use of 3-dimensional echocardiography. PMID:22949775

  18. Valve repair in children with congenital mitral lesions: late clinical results.

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    Lorier, G; Kalil, R A; Barcellos, C; Teleo, N; Hoppen, G R; Netto, A H; Prates, P R; Vinholes, S K; Prates, P R; Sant'Anna, J R; Nesralla, I A

    2001-01-01

    Mitral valve repair may be performed without ring support with advantages related to results and complications. The objective of this study was to analyze the long-term clinical results following surgical repair and reconstruction without the use of rings in cases of congenital mitral lesions in children less than 12 years of age. Twenty-one patients who had undergone surgery during the period from 1975 to 1998 were evaluated. The mean age was 4.6 +/- 3.4 years. Females represented 47.6% of the total. Mitral regurgitation was present in 57.1% (12 patients), stenosis in 28.6% (6 patients), and the mixed lesion group represented 14.3% (3 patients). Perfusion time was 43.1 +/- 9.5 minutes and ischemic time 29.4 +/- 10.5 minutes. Follow-up time was 41.5 +/- 53.6 months for the regurgitation group, 46.3 +/- 32.0 months for the stenosis group, and 39.41 +/- 37.51 months for the mixed lesion group. Echocardiographical follow-up time was 37.17 +/- 39.51 months for the regurgitation group, 42.61 +/- 30.59 months for the stenosis group, and 39.41 +/- 37.51 months for the mixed lesion group. Operative mortality was 9.5% (two cases). There were no late deaths. In the regurgitation group, 10 patients (83.3%) were asymptomatic (p = 0.004). In the echocardiographical follow-up, most of the patients had minimal regurgitation. In the clinical follow-up of the stenosis group all patients were in functional class I (NYHA). The mean transvalvular gradient measured by echocardiography was from 8 to 12 mmHg with a mean gradient of 10.7 mmHg. In the mixed lesion group there was one reoperation at postoperative month 43. There were no cases of endocarditis or thromboembolism. Mitral valve repair in congenital lesions is associated with good late results. The majority of cases in the regurgitation group remain asymptomatic and do not require reoperation. Rings or annular support are not necessary in such cases. Satisfactory repair is more difficult to achieve in cases of mitral stenosis due to valvular abnormalities and the seriousness of the associated lesions. PMID:11123127

  19. Successful thrombolysis of mechanical mitral valve prosthesis in a patient with cardiogenic shock

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    Zuern, Christine S; Hoevelborn, Tobias; Wisbar, Anette; Hust, Martin H; Haase, Karl K; Herdeg, Christian; Gawaz, Meinrad; May, Andreas E

    2009-01-01

    A 48-year-old woman with cardiogenic shock was admitted to a nearby hospital. Her medical history included mechanical replacement of her mitral valve 4 years previously in Russia because of rheumatic stenosis. On admission, her international normalised ratio (INR) was significantly reduced below the therapeutic limit. A severe stenosis of the valve prosthesis was identified by transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography and the patient was transferred to our university hospital for discussion of an immediate therapeutic procedure and to ensure cardiac surgical backup. Here, the patients poor clinical status led to the decision for a non-routine treatment: a successful series of intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase. Clinical symptoms and echocardiographic parameters improved significantly. PMID:21686399

  20. Is posterior leaflet extension and associated commissurotomy effective in rheumatic mitral valve disease? Long-term outcome.

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    Omeroglu, Suat Nail; Kirali, Kaan; Mansuroglu, Denyan; Goksedef, Deniz; Balkanay, Mehmet; Ipek, Gokhan; Isik, Omer; Yakut, Cevat

    2004-01-01

    In this prospective study, the long-term effect of posterior leaflet extension with glutaraldehyde-preserved autologous pericardium and associated mitral valve commissurotomy was investigated in patients with mixed mitral valve disease of rheumatic origin. Mitral commissurotomy and posterior leaflet extension using a pericardial patch were performed in 25 patients from 1 January 1994 through 31 December 1995 for mixed mitral valve disease. Preoperatively, no patient had chordal rupture or papillary muscle dysfunction. Four patients had left atrial thrombosis. The mean age was 35.7 +/- 15.4 years. Associated procedures were tricuspid annuloplasty in 4 patients, aortic annuloplasty in 3, aortic and tricuspid annuloplasty in 1, and aortic homograft replacement in 1. There were no early deaths. One patient died 2 years after surgery due to noncardiac causes. Mitral valve area increased from 1.53 +/- 0.63 cm2 to 2 +/- 0.33 cm2 (P = 0. 09), and left atrial diameter decreased from 5.8 +/- 1 cm to 4.86 +/- 1.27 cm (P = 0.07) after 6.1 +/- 0.7 years (range, 5.5 to 71 years). Mitral insufficiency was reduced significantly, from grade 2.65 +/- 0.9 to grade 1.2 +/- 0.9 (P = 0.007). Functional capacity improved in all patients (New York Heart Association functional class, 3 +/- 0.58 preoperatively vs 1.44 +/- 0.82 postoperatively; P = 0.001). Three patients required reoperation and valve replacement. This type of reconstruction may be a good alternative for patients who are not able to use anticoagulant therapy. Long-term results of this technique are acceptable; however, the risk of reoperation is an important disadvantage in these young patients. PMID:15562843

  1. The Mosaic Mitral Valve Bioprosthesis: A Long-Term Clinical and Hemodynamic Follow-Up

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    Celiento, Michele; Blasi, Stefania; De Martino, Andrea; Pratali, Stefano; Milano, Aldo D.

    2016-01-01

    We reviewed the cases of 100 patients (mean age, 73 ± 10 yr; 64 men) who had mitral valve replacement with a Medtronic Mosaic porcine bioprosthesis from 1995 through 2011. The mean New York Heart Association (NYHA) class was 3 ± 0.7, and 52 patients were in atrial fibrillation. Prosthetic sizes were chiefly 27 mm (50 patients) and 29 mm (40 patients). Follow-up ended in December 2012 and is 97% complete, with a cumulative duration of 611 patient-years (mean duration, 6 ± 4.6 yr; maximum, 17.7 yr). The early mortality rate was 10% (6% in elective patients); late deaths occurred in 31 patients (5 valve-related). Actuarial survival rates at 5, 10, and 15 years were 74% ± 5%, 50% ± 6%, and 37% ± 8%. The mean NYHA class in survivors was 1.4 ± 0.6 (P <0.0001). Thromboembolic episodes occurred in 4 patients, with an actuarial freedom at 15 years of 91% ± 5%. No cases of endocarditis were observed. Four patients needed reoperation, 2 for structural failure, and 1 each for perivalvular leakage and valve thrombosis. Actuarial freedom from structural failure and from reoperation, respectively, was 93% ± 5% and 91% ± 5% at 15 years. Echocardiographic follow-up in 24 patients with 27-mm prostheses showed a mean gradient of 5 ± 1.7 mmHg and an effective orifice area of 1.57 ± 0.3 cm2; in 16 patients with 29-mm prostheses, the mean gradient was 4.5 ± 1.9 mmHg, and the effective orifice area, 1.63 ± 0.4 cm2. During nearly 17 years of follow-up, the Mosaic bioprosthesis has shown good overall clinical and hemodynamic performance after mitral valve replacement. PMID:27047280

  2. Alcohol- and Caffeine-Induced Changes in Mitral Valve Echo Morphology and Auscultation in Healthy Females.

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    Friedman Kelly, Leslee; Bender, Alyse M.; Lax, Daniela; Goldberg, Stanley J.

    1998-08-01

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common cardiac valve abnormality that affects women more frequently than men. We have shown that mild dehydration induces echocardiographic signs of MVP in healthy females more frequently than in males. The present study investigated whether ethanol and caffeine, two commonly used substances, will induce changes in mitral leaflet morphology in normal subjects and whether these changes are gender dependent. Ten healthy volunteers were examined after ingesting 0.95 g/kg ethanol at breath ethanol values of 0.025% +/- 0.005%, 0.050% +/- 0.005%, and 0.075% (peak) +/- 0.005%, and at decreasing ethanol levels of 0.050% +/- 0.005% and 0.025% +/- 0.005%. Twelve healthy subjects were studied at 1.5, 3, and 4.5 hours after ingesting 5 mg/kg body weight of caffeine in a randomized, double-blind, crossover manner. A significant increase in mitral valve shape index (MVSI) on apical four-chamber view was documented in females following ethanol ingestion at all ethanol levels. These changes were accompanied by auscultatory findings characteristic of MVP. Decreased systemic vascular resistance, and afterload and increased heart rate, also occurred after ethanol ingestion. A significant increase in MVSI occurred on parasternal long axis in females at peak caffeine level; auscultatory findings characteristic of MVP also were documented. MVSI increased slightly on apical four-chamber view in males; however, no male subject developed auscultatory MVP. Body mass index was significantly lower in females (20.8 +/- 0.7 kg/m(2)) versus males (23.7 +/- 0.3 kg/m(2), P < 0.05). All subjects lost weight after caffeine intake; afterload and contractility also were increased. This study documents that ethanol and caffeine, at concentrations similar to those present in social intake, induced significant echo changes in mitral leaflet morphology and auscultation suggestive of MVP in healthy females. These results suggest that in addition to apparent hydration state, recent ethanol or caffeine intake should be taken into consideration before making the diagnosis of MVP. PMID:11175075

  3. How has robotic repair changed the landscape of mitral valve surgery?

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    Taggarse, Amit K.; Daly, Richard C.

    2015-01-01

    The introduction of robotic technology has revolutionized the performance of certain cardiac surgical procedures such as mitral valve (MV) repair. The foundation of modern MV repair was laid by Dr. Dwight C. McGoon in 1958. The operation was first performed with robotic assistance by Carpentier in 1998 using rudimentary motion-assisted equipment. Today, four generations later, telemanipulation technology enables surgeons to carry out all known methods of MV repair traditionally performed by conventional sternotomy; utilizing tiny port access incisions to safely and reliably eliminate mitral regurgitation. Extubation in the operating room following robotic MV repair is now routine and its benefits are well-documented, including transfer to the step-down from the intensive care unit several hours after surgery. This, in turn, translates into diminished usage of blood products, decreased need for pain medication, earlier dismissal from hospital, more rapid return to work and improved patient satisfaction. In addition, smaller, more cosmetically appealing scars and comparable short and mid-term outcomes of robotic and open MV repair have made the robotic approach a preferred option for many patients who meet appropriate safety criteria. As these procedures become more commonplace in large structural heart practices, it is important to reflect upon how the robotic approach has changed the landscape of MV surgery. We discuss the evolution and current status of robotic MV repair founded upon the principles of safe and effective open mitral valvuloplasty techniques. We will explore the potential of the robotic platform to improve both early referral and patient acceptance of interventions to eliminate severe degenerative mitral regurgitation. PMID:26309846

  4. Excellent durability of Starr-Edwards ball valves implanted in the aortic and mitral positions for 27 years: report of a rare surgical case.

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    Tochii, Masato; Takagi, Yasushi; Kaneko, Kan; Ishida, Michiko; Akita, Kiyotoshi; Higuchi, Yoshiro; Ando, Motomi

    2013-01-01

    A 59-year-old male who had undergone aortic and mitral valve replacement with Starr-Edwards ball valves 27 years ago was admitted to our hospital for hemolytic anemia and heart failure. Echocardiography revealed prosthetic valve failure with a high-pressure gradient and small effective orifice area. The Starr-Edwards ball valves were successfully replaced with bileaflet mechanical valves. The explanted valves revealed no structural abnormalities. PMID:22785448

  5. Classification of Prolapsed Mitral Valve versus Healthy Heart from Phonocardiograms by Multifractal Analysis

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    Zajić, Goran; Reljin, Irini; Reljin, Branimir

    2013-01-01

    Phonocardiography has shown a great potential for developing low-cost computer-aided diagnosis systems for cardiovascular monitoring. So far, most of the work reported regarding cardiosignal analysis using multifractals is oriented towards heartbeat dynamics. This paper represents a step towards automatic detection of one of the most common pathological syndromes, so-called mitral valve prolapse (MVP), using phonocardiograms and multifractal analysis. Subtle features characteristic for MVP in phonocardiograms may be difficult to detect. The approach for revealing such features should be locally based rather than globally based. Nevertheless, if their appearances are specific and frequent, they can affect a multifractal spectrum. This has been the case in our experiment with the click syndrome. Totally, 117 pediatric phonocardiographic recordings (PCGs), 8 seconds long each, obtained from 117 patients were used for PMV automatic detection. We propose a two-step algorithm to distinguish PCGs that belong to children with healthy hearts and children with prolapsed mitral valves (PMVs). Obtained results show high accuracy of the method. We achieved 96.91% accuracy on the dataset (97 recordings). Additionally, 90% accuracy is achieved for the evaluation dataset (20 recordings). Content of the datasets is confirmed by the echocardiographic screening. PMID:23762185

  6. Classification of prolapsed mitral valve versus healthy heart from phonocardiograms by multifractal analysis.

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    Gavrovska, Ana; Zajić, Goran; Reljin, Irini; Reljin, Branimir

    2013-01-01

    Phonocardiography has shown a great potential for developing low-cost computer-aided diagnosis systems for cardiovascular monitoring. So far, most of the work reported regarding cardiosignal analysis using multifractals is oriented towards heartbeat dynamics. This paper represents a step towards automatic detection of one of the most common pathological syndromes, so-called mitral valve prolapse (MVP), using phonocardiograms and multifractal analysis. Subtle features characteristic for MVP in phonocardiograms may be difficult to detect. The approach for revealing such features should be locally based rather than globally based. Nevertheless, if their appearances are specific and frequent, they can affect a multifractal spectrum. This has been the case in our experiment with the click syndrome. Totally, 117 pediatric phonocardiographic recordings (PCGs), 8 seconds long each, obtained from 117 patients were used for PMV automatic detection. We propose a two-step algorithm to distinguish PCGs that belong to children with healthy hearts and children with prolapsed mitral valves (PMVs). Obtained results show high accuracy of the method. We achieved 96.91% accuracy on the dataset (97 recordings). Additionally, 90% accuracy is achieved for the evaluation dataset (20 recordings). Content of the datasets is confirmed by the echocardiographic screening. PMID:23762185

  7. Compounded pimobendan for canine chronic degenerative mitral valve disease and pulmonary hypertension.

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    Helms, Scott R; Fox, Samantha; Mixon, William; Vail, Jane

    2012-01-01

    Pimobendan (Vetmedin) is an effective treatment for canine chronic degenerative mitral valve disease and dilated cardiomyopathy. In an off-label use, it may also be of benefit for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension in dogs. In this report, we describe the effects of a palatable customized oral form of pimobendan used with both compounded and commercially manufactured conventional drug therapy to treat degenerative mitral valve disease and pulmonary hypertension in two small dogs. For those patients, who resisted many types of oral medication, the standard manufactured dose of pimobendan was inappropriate. Formulations of the preparations used to treat the patients described in this report are provided for easy reference. It should be noted that at the time of this writing, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH (Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany), the manufacturer of pimobendan, has expressed concern about the stability of that agent in aqueous compounded form. To our knowledge, no current data confirming the stability or bioequivalence of compounded pimobendan exist. PMID:23050309

  8. A finite strain nonlinear human mitral valve model with fluid-structure interaction.

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    Gao, Hao; Ma, Xingshuang; Qi, Nan; Berry, Colin; Griffith, Boyce E; Luo, Xiaoyu

    2014-12-01

    A computational human mitral valve (MV) model under physiological pressure loading is developed using a hybrid finite element immersed boundary method, which incorporates experimentally-based constitutive laws in a three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction framework. A transversely isotropic material constitutive model is used to characterize the mechanical behaviour of the MV tissue based on recent mechanical tests of healthy human mitral leaflets. Our results show good agreement, in terms of the flow rate and the closing and opening configurations, with measurements from in vivo magnetic resonance images. The stresses in the anterior leaflet are found to be higher than those in the posterior leaflet and are concentrated around the annulus trigons and the belly of the leaflet. The results also show that the chordae play an important role in providing a secondary orifice for the flow when the valve opens. Although there are some discrepancies to be overcome in future work, our simulations show that the developed computational model is promising in mimicking the in vivo MV dynamics and providing important information that are not obtainable by in vivo measurements. PMID:25319496

  9. Vagal Nerve Stimulation Reduces Anterior Mitral Valve Leaflet Stiffness in the Beating Ovine Heart

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    Swanson, Julia C.; Krishnamurthy, Gaurav; Itoh, Akinobu; Kvitting, John-Peder Escobar; Bothe, Wolfgang; Miller, D. Craig; Ingels, Neil B.

    2012-01-01

    AIM The functional significance of the autonomic nerves in the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML) is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that remote stimulation of the vagus nerve (VNS) reduces AML stiffness in the beating heart. METHODS Forty-eight radiopaque-markers were implanted into eleven ovine hearts to delineate left ventricular and mitral anatomy, including an AML array. The anesthetized animals were then taken to the catheterization laboratory and 4-D marker coordinates obtained from biplane videofluoroscopy before and after VNS. Circumferential (Ecirc) and radial (Erad) stiffness values for three separate AML regions, Annulus, Belly and Edge, were obtained from inverse finite element analysis of AML displacements in response to trans-leaflet pressure changes during isovolumic contraction (IVC) and isovolumic relaxation (IVR). RESULTS VNS reduced heart rate: 94±9 vs. 82±10 min−1, (mean±SD, p<0.001). Circumferential AML stiffness was significantly reduced in all three regions during IVC and IVR (all p<0.05). Radial AML stiffness was reduced from control in the annular and belly regions at both IVC and IVR (P<0.05), while the reduction did not reach significance at the AML edge. CONCLUSION These observations suggest that one potential functional role for the parasympathetic nerves in the AML is to alter leaflet stiffness. Neural control of the contractile tissue in the AML could be part of a central control system capable of altering valve stiffness to adapt to changing hemodynamic demands. PMID:22703898

  10. Morphological and mechanical properties of the posterior leaflet chordae tendineae in the mitral valve.

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    Lodder, Joost; Verkerke, Gijsbertus J; Delemarre, Ben Jm; Dodou, Dimitra

    2016-02-01

    A number of studies have investigated the morphological and mechanical properties of the chordae tendineae of the mitral valve, providing comparisons between basal, marginal, and strut chordae and between chordae at the anterior and posterior leaflets. This study contributes to the literature by comparing the failure load of the chordae tendineae attached to the three posterior leaflet scallops, the anterolateral scallop (P1), middle scallop (P2), and posteromedial scallop (P3) of the mitral valve. In all, 140 chordae isolated from 23 porcine hearts were tested. First, the cross-sectional diameters of all branches in each chorda were measured using a microscope. Next, after positioning the chorda in a tensile testing machine, a preload of 0.2 N was applied, and the chordal length was measured. Cyclic loading between 0 and 0.3 N, 10 times with a speed of 1.5 mm/s, was conducted, after which the machine travelled at 1.5 mm/s until the chorda broke. We found that P2 chordae were thicker than P1 and P3 chordae and longer than P1 chordae. P2 chordae failed at significantly higher loads than P1 and P3 chordae. For all three types of chordae, almost half of the failures occurred at the chordal branch that was closest to the leaflet. PMID:26645804

  11. Anterolateral minithoracotomy versus median sternotomy for mitral valve disease: a meta-analysis

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    Ding, Chao; Jiang, Da-ming; Tao, Kai-yu; Duan, Qun-jun; Li, Jie; Kong, Min-jian; Shen, Zhong-hua; Dong, Ai-qiang

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Mitral valve disease tends to be treated with anterolateral minithoracotomy (ALMT) rather than median sternotomy (MS), as ALMT uses progressively smaller incisions to promote better cosmetic outcomes. This meta-analysis quantifies the effects of ALMT on surgical parameters and post-operative outcomes compared with MS. Methods: One randomized controlled study and four case-control studies, published in English from January 1996 to January 2013, were identified and evaluated. Results: ALMT showed a significantly longer cardiopulmonary bypass time (P=0.001) and aortic cross-clamp time (P=0.05) compared with MS. However, the benefits of ALMT were evident as demonstrated by a shorter length of hospital stay (P<0.00001). According to operative complications, the onset of new arrhythmias following ALMT decreased significantly as compared with MS (P=0.05); however, the incidence of peri-operative mortality (P=0.62), re-operation for bleeding (P=0.37), neurologic events (P=0.77), myocardial infarction (P=0.84), gastrointestinal complications (P=0.89), and renal insufficiency (P=0.67) were similar to these of MS. Long-term follow-up data were also examined, and revealed equivalent survival and freedom from mitral valve events. Conclusions: Current clinical data suggest that ALMT is a safe and effective alternative to the conventional approach and is associated with better short-term outcomes and a trend towards longer survival. PMID:24903989

  12. Right Ventricular Pacing-Induced Heart Failure after Mitral Valve Replacement

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    Tsai, Meng-Ta; Tsai, Wei-Chuan; Roan, Jun-Neng; Luo, Chwan-Yau

    2015-01-01

    It is an unfortunate fact that pacing-induced heart failure after cardiac surgery is frequently ignored by medical professionals. A 60-year-old woman with chronic atrial fibrillation with a single-lead right ventricular permanent pacemaker for a prolonged ventricular pause underwent mitral valve replacement 6 months later for severe stenosis (NYHA functional class III). The patient’s pacing rate was increased from the preoperative level of 60 beats per minute (bpm) to 70 bpm in order to facilitate weaning from the cardiopulmonary bypass. However, her postoperative low cardiac output continued to progress, despite the presence of inotropes. The patient’s cold limbs and oliguria persisted until she underwent echocardiographic imaging, which showed dyssynchronous ventricular contraction 29 days post-surgery but which improved after the pacing rate was reduced below her spontaneous rate. Ultimately, clinicians should exercise caution when increasing right ventricular pacing for postoperative stunned myocardium. Due to the problems that can arise from an increased pacing rate, postoperative pacing strategy in patients complicated with low cardiac output after mitral valve replacement merits further discussion. PMID:27122892

  13. A finite strain nonlinear human mitral valve model with fluid-structure interaction

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    Gao, Hao; Ma, Xingshuang; Qi, Nan; Berry, Colin; Griffith, Boyce E; Luo, Xiaoyu

    2014-01-01

    A computational human mitral valve (MV) model under physiological pressure loading is developed using a hybrid finite element immersed boundary method, which incorporates experimentally-based constitutive laws in a three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction framework. A transversely isotropic material constitutive model is used to characterize the mechanical behaviour of the MV tissue based on recent mechanical tests of healthy human mitral leaflets. Our results show good agreement, in terms of the flow rate and the closing and opening configurations, with measurements from in vivo magnetic resonance images. The stresses in the anterior leaflet are found to be higher than those in the posterior leaflet and are concentrated around the annulus trigons and the belly of the leaflet. The results also show that the chordae play an important role in providing a secondary orifice for the flow when the valve opens. Although there are some discrepancies to be overcome in future work, our simulations show that the developed computational model is promising in mimicking the in vivo MV dynamics and providing important information that are not obtainable by in vivo measurements. © 2014 The Authors. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. PMID:25319496

  14. Aspergillus Flavus Endocarditis of the Native Mitral Valve in a Bone Marrow Transplant Patient

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    Demir, Tolga; Ergenoglu, Mehmet Umit; Ekinci, Abdurrahman; Tanrikulu, Nursen; Sahin, Mazlum; Demirsoy, Ergun

    2015-01-01

    Patient: Male, 36 Final Diagnosis: Aspergillus flavus endocarditis Symptoms: Malaise • fatigue and dyspnea Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Mitral vale replacemnet Specialty: Cardiology Objective: Rare disease Background: Infective endocarditis due to Aspergillus species is an uncommon infection with a high mortality rate. It mostly occurs after the implantation of prosthetic heart valves. Parenteral nutrition, immunosuppression, broad-spectrum antibiotic regimens, and illegal intravenous drug use are the risk factors for developing infection. Case Report: We report a case of Aspergillus flavus native mitral valve endocarditis in a patient who had allogeneic stem cell transplantation in the past due to myelodysplastic syndrome. Conclusions: Although it is rare and there is limited experience available with the diagnosis and treatment, early recognition and therapeutic intervention with systemic antifungal therapy and aggressive surgical intervention are critical to prevent further complications that may eventually lead to death. In addition, better novel diagnostic tools are needed to facilitate more accurate identification of patients with invasive Aspergillus and to permit earlier initiation of antifungal treatment. PMID:25603977

  15. Short-Term and Long-Term Survival After Revascularization with or without Mitral Valve Surgery of Patients with Ischemic Mitral Valve Regurgitation: A Meta-Analysis

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    Zhang, Hua; Liu, Yili; Qiu, Shaodong; Liang, Weixiang; Jiang, Lan

    2015-01-01

    Background There is no consensus on whether mitral valve repair or replacement (MVRR) must be performed to treat ischemic mitral regurgitation (MVR) after myocardial infarction. Our objective in this study was to investigate the efficacy of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) combined with or without MVRR for the ischemic MVR. Material/Methods An article search was performed in OvidSP, PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase. In these articles, researchers compared the efficacy of CABG with or without MVRR in treating patients with ischemic MVR after acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We performed a meta-analysis to compare the differences in the short-term and long-term survival rates of patients treated with CABG only and those treated with both CABG and MVRR. Secondary outcomes were compared with the preoperative and postoperative degree of MVR, left ventricular end-systolic volume (LVESV), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and New York Heart Association (NYHA) class. Results Out of the 1183 studies, we selected only 5 articles. A total of 3120 patients were enrolled; the CABG and MVRR group included 575 patients, while the CABG only group included 2545 patients. Long-term survival was higher in the CABG only group (hazard ratio [HR], 1.34; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.15–1.58, P=0.003). Hospital mortality was similar in both the groups (odds ratio [OR], 2.54; 95% CI, 0.65–9.95; P=0.18). No differences were found in the degree of residual MVR, the mean of LVESV, LVEF, or NYHA class. Conclusions In patients with ischemic MVR, the short-term survival rate was similar in both groups. Moreover, there was no significant improvement in the long-term survival rates of patients treated with both CAG and MVRR. PMID:26635041

  16. Mitral valve dynamics in structural and fluid-structure interaction models.

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    Lau, K D; Diaz, V; Scambler, P; Burriesci, G

    2010-11-01

    Modelling and simulation of heart valves is a challenging biomechanical problem due to anatomical variability, pulsatile physiological pressure loads and 3D anisotropic material behaviour. Current valvular models based on the finite element method can be divided into: those that do model the interaction between the blood and the valve (fluid-structure interaction or 'wet' models) and those that do not (structural models or 'dry' models). Here an anatomically sized model of the mitral valve has been used to compare the difference between structural and fluid-structure interaction techniques in two separately simulated scenarios: valve closure and a cardiac cycle. Using fluid-structure interaction, the valve has been modelled separately in a straight tubular volume and in a U-shaped ventricular volume, in order to analyse the difference in the coupled fluid and structural dynamics between the two geometries. The results of the structural and fluid-structure interaction models have shown that the stress distribution in the closure simulation is similar in all the models, but the magnitude and closed configuration differ. In the cardiac cycle simulation significant differences in the valvular dynamics were found between the structural and fluid-structure interaction models due to difference in applied pressure loads. Comparison of the fluid domains of the fluid-structure interaction models have shown that the ventricular geometry generates slower fluid velocity with increased vorticity compared to the tubular geometry. In conclusion, structural heart valve models are suitable for simulation of static configurations (opened or closed valves), but in order to simulate full dynamic behaviour fluid-structure interaction models are required. PMID:20702128

  17. Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve and Valve-in-Ring for Treating Aortic and Mitral Surgical Prosthetic Dysfunction.

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    Paradis, Jean-Michel; Del Trigo, Maria; Puri, Rishi; Rodés-Cabau, Josep

    2015-11-01

    Bioprosthetic valve use has increased significantly. Considering their limited durability, there will remain an ongoing clinical need for repairing or replacing these prostheses in the future. The current standard of care for treating bioprosthetic valve degeneration involves redo open-heart surgery. However, repeat cardiac surgery may be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. With the rapid evolution of transcatheter heart valve therapies, the feasibility and safety of implanting a transcatheter heart valve within a failed tissue valve has been established. We review the historical perspective of transcatheter valve-in-valve therapy, as well as the main procedural challenges and clinical outcomes associated with this new less invasive treatment option. PMID:26516006

  18. The limitation of mitral echocardiography in combined mitral lesions.

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    Yousof, A M; Endrys, J; Zyka, I

    1977-01-01

    In combined mitral stenosis and incompetence, the mitral echocardiogram is able to estimate the degree of mitral stenosis (i. e. mitral valve area) without being able to detect or quantify mitral incompetence. A diastolic closure rate of 20 mm/sec or less does not exclude significant mitral incompetence as claimed by others. Cardiac catheterization is still necessary in mitral stenosis, where concominant mitral incompetence is suspected clinically, to confirm its presence and quantify its degree. PMID:923257

  19. Inhibition of ectonucleotidase with ARL67156 prevents the development of calcific aortic valve disease in warfarin-treated rats.

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    Côté, Nancy; El Husseini, Diala; Pépin, Andrée; Bouvet, Céline; Gilbert, Liz-Ann; Audet, Audrey; Fournier, Dominique; Pibarot, Philippe; Moreau, Pierre; Mathieu, Patrick

    2012-08-15

    Calcific aortic valve disease is the most common heart valve disorder. So far, there is no medical treatment for calcific aortic valve disease. The expression of ectonucleotidases, which metabolize nucleotides into phosphate products, may influence the calcification of the aortic valve. In this study, we investigated if the administration of an ectonucleotidase inhibitor, ARL67156 (6-N,N-Diethyl-D-β,γ-dibromomethyleneATP trisodium salt), may prevent the calcification of the aortic valve in the warfarin-induced mineralization rat model. Male Wistar rats were treated with warfarin or warfarin+ARL67156 for 28 days. All rats had comprehensive Doppler-echocardiographic studies at 28 day. A gene profiling of ectonucleotidases expressed in aortas of rats was documented by quantitative real-time PCR. The amount of calcium was determined by quantitative method and von Kossa staining. Ex vivo cultures of rat aortas were also used to further assess the effect of ARL67156 on the calcifying process and Akt signaling. Mineralization of the aorta/aortic valve was documented in warfarin-treated rats and was accompanied by the development of aortic stenosis. These changes were paralleled by an increased of ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase-1 (ENPP1). Administration of the ectonucleotidase inhibitor, ARL67156 prevented the development of aortic stenosis by lowering the level of apoptosis and mineralization of the aortic valve/aorta. In addition, ARL67156 normalized the level of pAkt, an important kinase involved in the survival pathway. Inhibition of ectonucleotidase activity prevented the development of calcific aortic valve disease in a rat model. On that account, ectonucleotidase may represent a novel target in the treatment of calcific aortic valve disease. PMID:22659116

  20. Percutaneous Mitral Valve Dilatation: Single Balloon versus Double Balloon - A Finite Element Study

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    Schievano, Silvia; Kunzelman, Karyn; Nicosia, Mark; Cochran, R. P.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Khambadkone, Sachin; Bonheoffer, Philipp

    2009-01-01

    Background: Percutaneous mitral valve (MV) dilatation is performed with either a single balloon (SB) or double balloon (DB) technique. The aim of this study was to compare the two balloon system results using the finite element (FE) method. Methods and Results: An established FE model of the MV was modified by fusing the MV leaflet edges at commissure level to simulate a stenotic valve (orifice area=180mm2). A FE model of a 30mm SB (low-pressure, elastomeric balloon) and an 18mm DB system (high-pressure, non-elastic balloon) was created. Both SB and DB simulations resulted in splitting of the commissures and subsequent stenosis dilatation (final MV area=610mm2 and 560mm2 respectively). Stresses induced by the two balloon systems varied across the valve. At the end of inflation, SB showed higher stresses in the central part of the leaflets and at the commissures compared to DB simulation, which demonstrated a more uniform stress distribution. The higher stresses in the SB analysis were due to the mismatch of the round balloon shape with the oval mitral orifice. The commissural split was not easily accomplished with the SB due to its high compliance. The high pressure applied to the DB guaranteed the commissural split even when high forces were required to break the commissure welds. Conclusions: The FE model demonstrated that MV dilatation can be accomplished by both SB and DB techniques. However, the DB method resulted in higher probability of splitting of the fused commissures and less damage caused to the MV leaflets by overstretching.

  1. Paraprosthetic leak closure 28 years after mitral caged-ball Starr-Edwards implantation.

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    Anto?czyk, Karolina; Paluszkiewicz, Lech; Koertke, Heinrich; Gummert, Jan

    2013-08-01

    In this case report, we present a patient 28 years after mitral valve replacement with the Starr-Edwards prosthesis complicated by periprosthetic leak with severe aortic stenosis and moderate tricuspid regurgitation. We successfully repaired the periprosthetic regurgitation in a patient with extensive mitral annular calcification, without replacement of the valve. No apparent structural deterioration on the caged-ball valve was found. Moreover, aortic valve replacement and tricuspid annuloplasty were performed. One month after reoperation, the patient remained stable with improved clinical status and without any evidence for further paravalvular leak. PMID:23599186

  2. Minimally invasive mitral valve repair through right minithoracotomy in the setting of degenerative mitral regurgitation: early outcomes and long-term follow-up

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    Murzi, Michele; Canarutto, Daniele; Gilmanov, Danyiar; Ferrarini, Matteo; Farneti, Pier A.; Solinas, Marco; Glauber, Mattia

    2015-01-01

    Background Mitral valve (MV) repair is the gold standard for the treatment of degenerative MV regurgitation. Recently, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) has shown excellent postoperative outcomes compared with conventional surgery. The aim of our study is to report early and long-term outcomes of patients undergoing MIMVS through right mini-thoracotomy (RT) over an eight year period. Methods From September 2003 to December 2011, a total of 1,604 consecutive patients underwent MIMVS through RT. Results The mean age was 62±13 years, 295 (42%) patients were female and 16 (2.3%) had previous cardiac operations. MV repair was successfully performed in 670 patients, with a rate of success of 95.3%. Repair techniques included annuloplasty (89%), leaflet resection (n=54.2%), neochordae implantation (12.1%), and sliding plasty (10.5%). Overall in-hospital mortality was 0.1%. Incidence of stroke was 1.3%. At eight-year follow-up, overall survival was 90.1%, freedom from reoperation 93%, and freedom from recurrent mitral regurgitation was 90%. Conclusions MIMV repair through right minithoracotomy is a safe and reproducible procedure associated with high rate of MV repair, and excellent early postoperative and long-term results. PMID:26539346

  3. Degenerative Mitral Stenosis: Unmet Need for Percutaneous Interventions.

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    Sud, Karan; Agarwal, Shikhar; Parashar, Akhil; Raza, Mohammad Q; Patel, Kunal; Min, David; Rodriguez, Leonardo L; Krishnaswamy, Amar; Mick, Stephanie L; Gillinov, A Marc; Tuzcu, E Murat; Kapadia, Samir R

    2016-04-19

    Degenerative mitral stenosis (DMS) is an important cause of mitral stenosis, developing secondary to severe mitral annular calcification. With the increase in life expectancy and improved access to health care, more patients with DMS are likely to be encountered in developed nations. These patients are generally elderly with multiple comorbidities and often are high-risk candidates for surgery. The mainstay of therapy in DMS patients is medical management with heart rate control and diuretic therapy. Surgical intervention might be delayed until symptoms are severely limiting and cannot be managed by medical therapy. Mitral valve surgery is also challenging in these patients because of the presence of extensive calcification. Hence, there is a need to develop an alternative percutaneous treatment approach for patients with DMS who are otherwise inoperable or at high risk for surgery. In this review, we summarize the available data on the epidemiology of DMS and diagnostic considerations and current treatment strategies for these patients. PMID:27142604

  4. Numerical simulation of patient-specific left ventricular model with both mitral and aortic valves by FSI approach.

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    Su, Boyang; Zhong, Liang; Wang, Xi-Kun; Zhang, Jun-Mei; Tan, Ru San; Allen, John Carson; Tan, Soon Keat; Kim, Sangho; Leo, Hwa Liang

    2014-02-01

    Intraventricular flow is important in understanding left ventricular function; however, relevant numerical simulations are limited, especially when heart valve function is taken into account. In this study, intraventricular flow in a patient-specific left ventricle has been modelled in two-dimension (2D) with both mitral and aortic valves integrated. The arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) approach was employed to handle the large mesh deformation induced by the beating ventricular wall and moving leaflets. Ventricular wall deformation was predefined based on MRI data, while leaflet dynamics were predicted numerically by fluid-structure interaction (FSI). Comparisons of simulation results with in vitro and in vivo measurements reported in the literature demonstrated that numerical method in combination with MRI was able to predict qualitatively the patient-specific intraventricular flow. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to simulate patient-specific ventricular flow taking into account both mitral and aortic valves. PMID:24332277

  5. Functional effect of new atrial septal defect after percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip device.

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    Hoffmann, Rainer; Altiok, Ertunc; Reith, Sebastian; Brehmer, Kathrin; Almalla, Mohammad

    2014-04-01

    Percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip device has become a therapeutic alternative for high surgical risk patients with symptomatic mitral regurgitation. The procedure involves transseptal puncture and results in a new atrial septal defect (ASD) after withdrawal of the 22Fr guiding catheter. The functional effect of the new ASD is not defined. In 28 patients with symptomatic mitral regurgitation undergoing percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip device, 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography was used to measure by direct en face imaging the area of the new ASD. Analysis of the velocity-time integral (VTI) across the ASD after withdrawal of the guiding catheter allowed calculation of the shunt volume. Diastolic VTI of the mitral flow was determined before and after withdrawal of the guiding catheter to determine left ventricular inflow changes. Invasive left atrial pressure measurements were obtained during withdrawal of the guiding catheter. Regurgitant volume was reduced from 86±21 ml/beat before intervention to 43±22 ml/beat after intervention. The new ASD had an area of 0.19 cm2, 44% of the area of the 22Fr guiding catheter. Considering the VTI across the septal defect of 72±26 cm/s, the left-to-right atrial shunt volume was calculated to be 14±6 ml/beat. The diastolic forward flow across the mitral valve was reduced by 13±6 ml/beat immediately after withdrawal of the MitraClip guiding catheter. Mean left atrial pressure was reduced from 17±8 mm Hg with the guiding catheter still in the left atrium to 15±8 mm Hg after withdrawal of the guiding catheter. In conclusion, the creation of a new ASD as consequence of the large-diameter MitraClip guiding catheter results in volume and pressure relief of the left atrium. This contributes to the immediate hemodynamic changes implemented by the MitraClip procedure. PMID:24513477

  6. An augmented reality environment for image-guidance of off-pump mitral valve implantation

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    Linte, Christian; Wiles, Andrew D.; Hill, Nick; Moore, John; Wedlake, Chris; Guiraudon, Gerard; Jones, Doug; Bainbridge, Daniel; Peters, Terry M.

    2007-03-01

    Clinical research has been rapidly evolving towards the development of less invasive surgical procedures. We recently embarked on a project to improve intracardiac beating heart interventions. Our novel approach employs new surgical technologies and support from image-guidance via pre-operative and intra-operative imaging (i.e. two-dimensional echocardiography) to substitute for direct vision. Our goal was to develop a versatile system that allowed for safe cardiac port access, and provide sufficient image-guidance with the aid of a virtual reality environment to substitute for the absence of direct vision, while delivering quality therapy to the target. Specific targets included the repair and replacement of heart valves and the repair of septal defects. The ultimate objective was to duplicate the success rate of conventional open-heart surgery, but to do so via a small incision, and to evaluate the efficacy of the procedure as it is performed. This paper describes the software and hardware components, along with the methodology for performing mitral valve replacement as one example of this approach, using ultrasound and virtual tool models to position and fasten the valve in place.

  7. Scanning electron microscopy methodology for study of the pathophysiology of calcification in bioprosthetic heart valves

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    Nelson, A.C.; Schoen, F.J.; Levy, R.J.

    1985-01-01

    Scanning electron microscope (SEM) morphologic analysis combined with energy dispersive characteristic X-ray (EDX) microprobe analysis provides insight into the mechanisms associated with disease-related crystal formation in biological materials. SEM and EDX were employed in analyzing specimens which were embedded in standard fashion in glycolmethacrylate. The specimen surfaces under electron microscope investigation resulted from microtomy used in the preparation of reference light microscope histological sections; thus histology served as a direct reference for the SEM and EDX analyses. The particular application of these methods was in the study of bioprosthetic heart valve calcification, largely responsible for clinical failure of these heart valve substitutes. To simulate the clinically observed mineralization processes, glutaraldehyde-pretreated porcine heart valve leaflets were implanted subcutaneously in rats and subsequently removed at various time intervals from 1 to 56 days. Also, to address the hypothesis that the calcification process generates crystalline materials analogous to those in bone, EDX data obtained from pure hydroxyapatite were compared with the embedded tissue results. Further, EDX results were compared with data obtained by chemical analysis of the bulk specimens to assess the validity of the electron microscope technique.

  8. Cardiac MRI based numerical modeling of left ventricular fluid dynamics with mitral valve incorporated.

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    Su, Boyang; Tan, Ru San; Tan, Ju Le; Guo, Kenneth Wei Qiang; Zhang, Jun Mei; Leng, Shuang; Zhao, Xiaodan; Allen, John Carson; Zhong, Liang

    2016-05-01

    Recent numerical studies were focused on the modeling of flow in patient-specific left ventricle (LV); however, the mitral valve (MV) was usually excluded. In this study, both patient-specific LV and MV were modeled to achieve a more realistic intraventricular flow. Cardiac MRI images were acquired from a pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patient and a healthy volunteer, and manual segmentation was conducted to reconstruct three-dimensional (3D) LV and MV geometries at each frame. Based on these 3D geometries, vortex formation time (VFT) was derived, and the values were 4.0 and 6.5 for the normal subject and the PAH patient, respectively. Based on studies in the literature, VTF in the healthy subject fell within the normal range, while that in the PAH patient exceeded the threshold for normality. The vortex structures in the LV clearly showed that the vortex ring was initiated from the tips of the MV instead of the mitral annulus. The excessive VFT during the rapid filling phase in the PAH patient resulted in a trailing flow structure behind the primary vortex ring, which was not observed in the normal subject. It can be deduced from this study that incorporating the MV into a patient-specific model is necessary to produce more reasonable VFT and intraventricular flow. PMID:26993615

  9. Left ventricular function in patients with mitral valve prolapse. A radionuclide evaluation.

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    Ahmad, M; Haibach, H

    1982-12-01

    Thirty patients with cineangiographically confirmed mitral valve prolapse (MVP) were studied by radionuclide angiography at rest and during exercise. Twelve patients had isolated MVP and 18 patients had associated coronary artery disease. All patients had normal resting left ventricular ejection fraction and wall motion. Of 18 patients with MVP and coronary artery disease, the left ventricular ejection fraction remained unchanged during exercise in 15 patients, decreased in two patients, and increased in one patient. Of 12 patients with MVP without associated coronary artery disease, ejection fraction increased during exercise in 6 patients, remained unchanged in 4 patients, and decreased in 2 patients. We conclude that an abnormal left ventricular function response during exercise does not always indicate the presence of coronary artery disease and may occur in patients with isolated MVP. Furthermore,the left ventricular dysfunction of patients with isolated MVP may be obvious only during exercise. PMID:7172539

  10. Evaluation of growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) levels in dogs with chronic mitral valve insufficiency.

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    Ahn, Sung-Taek; Suh, Sang-Il; Moon, Hyeongsun; Hyun, Changbaig

    2016-01-01

    Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) regulates cell growth and differentiation in both embryonic and adult tissues. Circulating GDF11 levels have recently been reported to be significantly lower in aging mice and restoration of GDF11 reversed age-related cardiac hypertrophy in old mice. Here, we evaluated the potential of serum levels of GDF11 as a circulating biomarker in dogs at different stages of heart failure, due to chronic mitral valve insufficiency (CMVI). We found no significant differences in serum GDF11 levels between dogs at different stages of CMVI-associated heart failure. Furthermore, the circulating levels of GDF11 did not correlate with age, body weight, echocardiographic variables, and the severity of CMVI-induced heart failure in dogs. PMID:26733738

  11. [PECULIARITIES OF ROTATIONAL MOTION OF LEFT VENTRICULAR WALLS IN PATIENTS ON MITRAL VALVE INSUFFICIENCY].

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    Trembovetskaya, E M; Knyshov, G V; Rudenko, S A; Babochkina, A R; Luchynets, A F

    2015-07-01

    The peculiarities of rotational motion of left ventricular (LV) walls in patients on mitral valve insufficiency (MVI) were studied. In normal heart and MVI the rotation of basal and apical portions of the LV occurs in inter-reverse directions: the basal portion rotates clockwise and apical portion rotates counterclockwise. In patients with MVI the increase of the LV volumes is accompanied by compensatory rise of LV myocardium torsion up to (23.7 ± 5.0)degrees. The increase of indices of LV myocardium torsion in MVI occurs due to basal portions of the heart only. This is a compensatory factor in preserving of normal cardiac output for a long period of time in such disease. PMID:26591217

  12. Intermediate-fidelity simulator for self-training in mitral valve surgery.

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    Hossien, Abdullrazak

    2016-01-01

    Current training in mitral valve (MV) surgery is affected by many factors, among which are the complexity of surgical procedures and complex three-dimensional anatomy of the MV. An MV repair simulator is proposed in this study as a low-cost, reusable and portable tool to guide trainees at all levels to effectively construct it with the aim of improving their surgical skills in major techniques of MV surgery in an intermediate-fidelity concept. The simulator is a self-made portable box that is supplied with a self-made silicone MV substitute to simulate the flexible property of MV components. The building process is detailed in this study. Surgical procedures were simulated to test the surgical handling. PMID:26811508

  13. Barlows mitral valve disease: results of conventional and minimally invasive repair approaches

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    Melnitchouk, Serguei I.; Seeburger, Joerg; Kaeding, Anna F.; Misfeld, Martin; Mohr, Friedrich W.

    2013-01-01

    Barlows valve is a clinically important form of degenerative mitral valve (MV) disease that is characterized by unique clinical, echocardiographic and pathological features. Successful and durable repair of Barlows MV represents a clinical challenge for most cardiac surgeons. An armamentarium of different MV repair techniques may be required, resectional, neochordal or plicational techniques. Although conventional sternotomy remains the mainstay approach for MV surgery in the majority of cardiac surgery centers, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is becoming increasingly accepted amongst patients, referring physicians and practicing cardiac surgeons. As surgical approaches, instrumentation and operative experience develop, select centers are now performing MIS MV surgery for nearly all MV patients. Although successful Barlows MV repair is more complex than that for most degenerative pathologies, several centers have published relatively large series of MIS MV repair for Barlows disease. In this review article, we highlight and compare the early and long-term results of conventional and minimally invasive approaches to Barlows and bileaflet mitral prolapse disease. Recent studies from various large volume centers around the world have demonstrated equivalent safety and efficacy outcomes of the MIS approach compared to conventional sternotomy surgery. In addition, MIS MV surgery may allow patients to benefit from a cosmetically appealing incision, a faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities. However, a definite learning curve has been demonstrated for MIS MV surgery. If a patient with Barlows disease or other complex MV pathology desires to undergo MIS MV surgery, referral to a center and/or surgeon with extensive experience in MIS MV surgery is recommended. PMID:24349980

  14. [Aortic and mitral valve bioprostheses. Normal and pathological M mode echocardiographic aspects].

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    Marino, J P; Issad, M S; Fernandez, F; Tarzi, E; Baragan, J; Gerbaux, A; Gay, J

    1985-04-01

    The M mode echocardiographic recordings of 52 normal mitral bioprostheses (NMB), 7 pathological mitral bioprostheses (PMB), 30 normal aortic bioprostheses (NAB) and 10 pathological aortic bioprostheses (PAB) were reviewed. In normal bioprostheses a significant correlation was observed between the echocardiographic and the "specified" diameters, the diastolic and systolic slopes and the amplitude of anterior motion of the support. In NMB, the end-systolic diameter of the left ventricular outflow tract depended on the "specified" diameter of the bioprosthesis. Paradoxical septal motion was observed in 78 p. 100 of cases. In PMB, the velocity of anterior leaflet opening was significantly increased (p less than 0.001). The end-diastolic internal left ventricular dimension was also increased (p less than 0.01). A significant correlation was found between left ventricular fractional shortening and maximal leaflet separation (p less than 0.05). Normal septal motion was more common (p less than 0.05). In 5 cases of prosthetic valve dysfunction with mitral regurgitation the maximal leaflet separation was greater than normal (p less than 0.001), the diastolic slope of the support was increased (p less than 0.05) and diastolic vibrations of thickened irregular leaflets were observed. Systolo-diastolic vibrations with chaotic leaflet motion were characteristic of cusp tear and/or eversion. Stratified echos behind a support with reduced leaflet excursion was observed in one case of partial thrombosis: a thickened systolic echo with reduced diastolic excursion was observed in a case of degenerative stenosis. The review of 10 PAB showed a reduced amplitude of systolic excursion of the anterior support in cases of aortic regurgitation (p less than 0.05). Systolic vibrations of the cusp were not specific and were observed in normal cases. In severe valvular regurgitation mitral and/or septal diastolic fluttering was observed. Systolic excursion of the cusps was reduced in cases of relative stenosis due to an inappropriately small sized bioprosthesis. Thickening of the diastolic cusp echos was observed in cases of degenerative stenosis. Ventricular dilatation and reduced septal and free wall motion were dysfunction. PMID:3923985

  15. The Impact of Fluid Inertia on In Vivo Estimation of Mitral Valve Leaflet Constitutive Properties and Mechanics.

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    Bark, David L; Dasi, Lakshmi P

    2016-05-01

    We examine the influence of the added mass effect (fluid inertia) on mitral valve leaflet stress during isovolumetric phases. To study this effect, oscillating flow is applied to a flexible membrane at various frequencies to control inertia. Resulting membrane strain is calculated through a three-dimensional reconstruction of markers from stereo images. To investigate the effect in vivo, the analysis is repeated on a published dataset for an ovine mitral valve (Journal of Biomechanics 42(16): 2697-2701). The membrane experiment demonstrates that the relationship between pressure and strain must be corrected with a fluid inertia term if the ratio of inertia to pressure differential approaches 1. In the mitral valve, this ratio reaches 0.7 during isovolumetric contraction for an acceleration of 6 m/s(2). Acceleration is reduced by 72% during isovolumetric relaxation. Fluid acceleration also varies along the leaflet during isovolumetric phases, resulting in spatial variations in stress. These results demonstrate that fluid inertia may be the source of the temporally and spatially varying stiffness measurements previously seen through inverse finite element analysis of in vivo data during isovolumetric phases. This study demonstrates that there is a need to account for added mass effects when analyzing in vivo constitutive relationships of heart valves. PMID:26416720

  16. Risk Factors Associated with the Incidence and Progression of Mitral Annulus Calcification: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

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    Elmariah, Sammy; Budoff, Matthew J.; Delaney, Joseph A. C.; Hamirani, Yasmin; Eng, John; Fuster, Valentin; Kronmal, Richard A.; Halperin, Jonathan L.; O’Brien, Kevin D.

    2013-01-01

    Background Significant cardiovascular morbidity has been associated with mitral annulus calcification (MAC), but limited data exist regarding its progression. The purpose of this study was to examine the natural history of and risk factors for MAC progression. Methods The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) is a longitudinal cohort study of participants aged 45–84 years without clinical cardiovascular disease who underwent serial cardiac computed tomography studies with quantification of MAC. Regression models were used to identify risk factors associated with MAC incidence and progression. Results Prevalent MAC was observed in 534 of 5,895 (9%) participants. Over a median 2.3 years, 280 (5%) developed incident MAC. After adjustment, age was the strongest predictor of incident MAC (adjusted OR, 2.25 per 10 yrs; 95% CI, 1.97 to 2.58; P<0.0001). Female gender, white ethnicity, body mass index, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, serum cholesterol, smoking, and interleukin-6 were also significant predictors of incident MAC. In participants with prevalent MAC, the median rate of change was 10.1 [IQR, −6.7, 60.7] Agatston units (AU)/year. Baseline MAC severity was the predominant predictor of rate of MAC progression (β-coefficient per 10 AU, 0.88; 95% CI, 0.85 to 0.91; P<0.0001), although ethnicity and smoking status possessed modest influence. Conclusions Several cardiovascular risk factors predicted incident MAC, as did female gender. Severity of baseline MAC was the primary predictor of MAC progression, suggesting that, while atherosclerotic processes may initiate MAC, they are only modestly associated with its progression over these time frames. PMID:24176447

  17. Two dimensional echocardiography in mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve prolapse - The clinical problem, cardiac nuclear imaging considerations and a proposed standard for diagnosis

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    Morganroth, J.; Jones, R.H.; Chen, C.C.; Naito, M.

    1980-12-18

    The mitral valve prolapse syndrome may present with a variety of clinical manifestations and has proved to be a common cause of nonspecific cardiac symptoms in clinical practice. Primary and secondary forms must be distinguished. Myxomatous degeneration appears to be the common denominator of the primary form. The diagnostic standard of this form has not previously been defined because the detection of mitral leaflet tissue in the left atrium (prolapse) on physical examination or angiography is nonspecific. M mode echocardiography has greatly enhanced the recognition of this syndrome but has not proved to be the best diagnostic standard because of its limited view of mitral valve motion. The advent of two-dimensional echocardiography has provided the potential means for specific identification of the mitral leaflet motion in systole and can be considered the diagnostic standard for this syndrome. Primary myxomatous degeneration with leaflet prolapse is not localized to the mitral valve. Two-dimensional echocardiography has detected in preliminary studies tricuspid valve prolapse in up to 50% and aortic valve prolapse in about 20% of patients with idiopathic mitral valve prolapse.

  18. Real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography to predict artificial chordae length for mitral valve repair

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    2013-01-01

    Background Artificial chordae replacement is an effective technique for mitral valve repair, however, it is difficult to accurately determine the length of artificial chordae. This study aimed to assess the reliability and accuracy of real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to predict the length of artificial chordae preoperatively. Methods From December 2008 to December 2010, 48 patients with severe mitral regurgitation successfully underwent mitral valve repair using artificial chordae replacement. The patients were divided into a TEE pre-measurement group (n = 26) and a direct measurement group (n = 22), according to the method used to determine the length of artificial chordae. Cardiopulmonary bypass time, aortic cross-clamp time, and the recurrence rate of moderate or severe mitral regurgitation were compared between the two groups. Results There were no operative deaths in either group. The mean cardiopulmonary bypass time was 113.0 ± 18.7 min and 127.0 ± 28.9 min (p < 0.05), and the aortic cross-clamp time was 70.0 ± 16.6 min and 86.0 ± 20.7 min (p < 0.05) in the TEE pre-measurement group and direct measurement group, respectively. The difference between the pre-measured artificial chordal length and actual constructed artificial chordal length was not significant in the TEE pre-measurement group (p > 0.05). Although the difference in the incidence of moderate or severe mitral regurgitation between the two groups was not significant (p > 0.05), the incidence in the TEE pre-measurement group (3.8%) was lower than that in the direct measurement group (18.2%). Conclusions Real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography can accurately predict the length of artificial chordae required for mitral valve repair, and shortens cardiopulmonary bypass time and aortic cross-clamp time while improving the results of mitral valve repair. PMID:23721153

  19. Wide range force feedback for catheter insertion mechanism for use in minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery

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    Ahmadi, Roozbeh; Sokhanvar, Saeed; Packirisamy, Muthukumaran; Dargahi, Javad

    2009-02-01

    Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) is a condition in which heart's mitral valve does not close tightly, which allows blood to leak back into the left atrium. Restoring the dimension of the mitral-valve annulus by percutaneous intervention surgery is a common choice to treat MR. Currently, this kind of open heart annuloplasty surgery is being performed through sternotomy with cardiomyopathy bypass. In order to reduce trauma to the patient and also to eliminate bypass surgery, robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedure, which requires small keyhole incisions, has a great potential. To perform this surgery through MIS procedure, an accurate computer controlled catheter with wide-range force feedback capabilities is required. There are three types of tissues at the site of operation: mitral leaflet, mitral annulus and left atrium. The maximum allowable applied force to these three types of tissue is totally different. For instance, leaflet tissue is the most sensitive one with the lowest allowable force capacity. For this application, therefore, a wide-range force sensing is highly required. Most of the sensors that have been developed for use in MIS applications have a limited range of sensing. Therefore, they need to be calibrated for different types of tissue. The present work, reports on the design, modeling and simulation of a novel wide-range optical force sensor for measurement of contact pressure between catheter tip and heart tissue. The proposed sensor offers a wide input range with a high resolution and sensitivity over this range. Using Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) technology, this sensor can be microfabricated and integrated with commercially available catheters.

  20. Advances in catheter ablation: atrial fibrillation ablation in patients with mitral mechanical prosthetic valve.

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    Santangeli, Pasquale; Di Biase, Luigi; Bai, Rong; Horton, Rodney; Burkhardt, J David; Sanchez, Javier; Price, Justin; Natale, Andrea

    2012-11-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in patients with mitral valve replacement (MVR). Treatment of AF in these subjects is challenging, as the arrhythmia is often refractory to antiarrhythmic drug therapy. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is usually avoided or delayed in patients with MVR due to the higher perceived risks and difficulty of left atrial catheter manipulation in the presence of a mechanical valve. Over the last few years, several investigators have reported the feasibility and safety of RFCA of AF in patients with MVR. Five case-control studies have evaluated the feasibility and safety of RFCA of AF or perimitral flutter (PMFL) in patients with MVR. Overall, a total of 178 patients with MVR have been included (21 undergoing ablation of only PMFL), and have been compared with a matched control group of 285 patients. Total procedural duration (weighted mean difference [WMD] = +24.5 min, 95% confidence interval [CI] +10.2 min to +38.8 min, P = 0.001), and fluoroscopy time (WMD = +13.5 min, 95% CI +3.7 min to +23.4 min, P = 0.007) were longer in the MVR group. After a mean follow-up of 11.5 ± 8.6 months, 64 (36%) patients in the MVR group experienced recurrence of AF/PMFL, as compared to 73 (26%) patients in the control group, accounting for a trend toward an increased rate of recurrences in patients with MVR (odds ratio [OR] = 1.66, 95% CI 0.99 to 2.78, P = 0.053). Periprocedural complications occurred in 10 (5.6%) patients in the MVR group, and in 8 (2.8%) patients in the control group (OR = 2.01, 95% CI 0.56 to 7.15, P = 0.28). In conclusion, a quantitative analysis of the available evidence supports a trend toward a worse arrhythmia-free survival and a higher absolute rate of periprocedural complications in patients with MVR undergoing RFCA of AF or PMFL, as compared to a matched control group without mitral valve disease. These data would encourage the adoption of RFCA of AF in MVR patients mostly by more experienced Institutions. PMID:23003204

  1. Use of Bovine Pericardium and Sutureless Biological Glue in Left Ventricular Rupture After Mitral Valve Replacement, Five Years of Follow-up

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    da Costa, Mário Augusto Cray; Laforga, Fernando Cesar; Maftum, Josué Abrão; Favaro, Mateus Gustavo

    2015-01-01

    Rupture of the left ventricular wall after mitral valve replacement is an infrequent but lethal complication. Reporting correction technique of ventricular rupture with bovine pericardium patch secured with glue and without suturing: a 51 years-old female patient, with double rheumatic mitral lesion, severe stenosis and discrete insufficiency, who had a mitral valve replacement. During surgery, the patient presented a ventricular rupture of the posterior wall (atrioventricular disruption), which was successfully repaired using bovine pericardium with sutureless biological glue over the epicardium of the damaged area. Sixty months after surgery the patient has no symptoms. PMID:26934411

  2. The significance of aortic valve calcification in patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease.

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    Ren, Xinshuang; Zhang, Minghui; Liu, Kun; Hou, Zhihui; Gao, Yang; Yin, Weihua; Wang, Zhiqiang; Li, Zhennan; Lu, Bin

    2016-03-01

    Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a common congenital heart disease. Our study was to analyze clinical features of BAV and evaluate whether aortic valve calcium score (AVCS) was a reliable marker for aortic stenosis (AS) in patients with BAV. 101 patients with BAV who both underwent echocardiology and cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan in our institution were included. Basic clinical data, haemodynamic feature, aortic valve and coronary calcium score were collected and compared among patients with different valve function and different degree of AS. Risk factors related to severe AS were evaluated by logistic regression, and a receiver operative characteristic curve was used to determine the cutoff calcium score greater than which the diagnosis of severe AS was optimized. Patients with aortic regurgitation (AR) were younger and demonstrated larger aortic annulus and sinus compared with patients with other valve dysfunction. Aortic valve calcium score was higher in patients with AS than with AR. For patients with different degree of AS, there were statistical significances in the value of age, aortic valve calcium score and coronary calcium score. AVCS was positively related to severe AS with an odd ratio of 1.286 (95 % CI 1.099-1.504) by every 300 points increase. AVCS was also a strong predictor for severe AS with area under the curve 0.855 with a cutoff value of 897 (sensitivity 86.7 %, specificity 72.2 %). Conclusively, aortic calcium score calculated by quantitative CT is a reliable marker in evaluating severity of AS. PMID:26440659

  3. Influence of Tricuspid Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve Orientation Regarding the Flow Field Inside the Left Ventricle: In Vitro Hydrodynamic Characterization Based on 2D PIV Measurements.

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    Bazan, Ovandir; Ortiz, Jayme P; Fukumasu, Newton K; Pacifico, Antonio L; Yanagihara, Jurandir I

    2016-02-01

    The flow patterns of a prosthetic heart valve in the aortic or mitral position can change according to its type and orientation. This work describes the use of 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV) applied to the in vitro flow fields characterization inside the upper part of a left ventricular model at various heart rates and as a function of two orientations of stented tricuspid mitral bioprostheses. In the ventricular model, each mitral bioprosthesis (27 and 31?mm diameter) was installed in two orientations, rotated by 180, while the aortic bileaflet mechanical valve (27?mm diameter) remained in a fixed orientation. The results (N?=?50) showed changes in the intraventricular flow fields according to the mitral bioprostheses positioning. Also, changes in the aortic upstream velocity profiles were noticed as a function of mitral orientations. PMID:26153483

  4. [Color Doppler identification of early diastolic turbulence in the left atrium in patients with mitral valve insufficiency: persistence of regurgitation or inertia phenomenon?].

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    D'Angelo, G; Moro, E; Nicolosi, G L; Dall'Aglio, V; Mimo, R; Mangano, S; Zanuttini, D

    1990-08-01

    Color Doppler flow mapping represents the most recent non invasive diagnostic tool for the visualization of intracardiac blood flow. By using the color Doppler flow mapping technique, two independent observers identified the persistence of turbulence in early diastole inside the left atrium in a selected group of 8 patients (3 F and 5 M) with mitral insufficiency. All the patients had moderate or severe mitral insufficiency, due to dilated cardiomyopathy and/or ischemic cardiomyopathy and/or valvular disease. The persistence of early diastolic turbulence inside the left atrium was documented and confirmed by using 30 degrees color sector images, which show the highest possible frame rate. The frame by frame analysis facilitated the identification of two simultaneous flow velocities during early diastole, after the mitral valve was open. The first flow was anterograde and was coded as a red signal; it flowed from the mitral valve into the left ventricle and represented early diastolic left ventricular filling. The second flow was retrograde, and was coded as a blue mosaic signal, due to turbulent aliased jet, extending from the mitral valve into the left atrium, away from the transducer. The interpretation of these two dimensional color Doppler findings is uncertain. We believe, however, that these turbulent velocity signals which persist in early diastole and flow from the mitral valve into the left atrium are probably caused by inertial blood flow due to the impact of regurgitant mitral jets during the previous systole. PMID:2272415

  5. [Acute febrile disease with splenomegaly and pancytopenia. A 66-year-old Greek patient with a prosthetic mitral valve].

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    Hoffmann-Tonn, K; Geis, S; Peckelsen, C; Berna, G; Fleischmann, E; Bretzel, G; Löscher, T

    2007-07-01

    We report on a 66-year-old patient originating from Greece and living in Germany with a prosthetic mitral valve because of a combined vitium following juvenile rheumatic fever. The patient fell ill with acute fever, splenomegaly, and pancytopenia. After unsuccessful antibiotic therapy because of presumed endocarditis or sepsis with unknown focus, visceral leishmaniasis was suspected because of recent travel to Greece. Subsequently, this diagnosis was confirmed by serology. Considering thrombocytopenia and concurrent anticoagulation after prosthetic mitral valve replacement, we avoided a bone marrow biopsy usually required for definite proof of leishmania infection. Instead, infection with Leishmania infantum was diagnosed by PCR of a peripheral blood sample. After treatment with liposomal amphotericin B the patient recovered fully. PMID:17541531

  6. On the presence of affine fibril and fiber kinematics in the mitral valve anterior leaflet.

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    Lee, Chung-Hao; Zhang, Will; Liao, Jun; Carruthers, Christopher A; Sacks, Jacob I; Sacks, Michael S

    2015-04-21

    In this study, we evaluated the hypothesis that the constituent fibers follow an affine deformation kinematic model for planar collagenous tissues. Results from two experimental datasets were utilized, taken at two scales (nanometer and micrometer), using mitral valve anterior leaflet (MVAL) tissues as the representative tissue. We simulated MVAL collagen fiber network as an ensemble of undulated fibers under a generalized two-dimensional deformation state, by representing the collagen fibrils based on a planar sinusoidally shaped geometric model. The proposed approach accounted for collagen fibril amplitude, crimp period, and rotation with applied macroscopic tissue-level deformation. When compared to the small angle x-ray scattering measurements, the model fit the data well, with an r(2) = 0.976. This important finding suggests that, at the homogenized tissue-level scale of ∼1 mm, the collagen fiber network in the MVAL deforms according to an affine kinematics model. Moreover, with respect to understanding its function, affine kinematics suggests that the constituent fibers are largely noninteracting and deform in accordance with the bulk tissue. It also suggests that the collagen fibrils are tightly bounded and deform as a single fiber-level unit. This greatly simplifies the modeling efforts at the tissue and organ levels, because affine kinematics allows a straightforward connection between the macroscopic and local fiber strains. It also suggests that the collagen and elastin fiber networks act independently of each other, with the collagen and elastin forming long fiber networks that allow for free rotations. Such freedom of rotation can greatly facilitate the observed high degree of mechanical anisotropy in the MVAL and other heart valves, which is essential to heart valve function. These apparently novel findings support modeling efforts directed toward improving our fundamental understanding of tissue biomechanics in healthy and diseased conditions. PMID:25902446

  7. Comparison of the accuracy of cardiac computed tomography angiography and transthoracic echocardiography in the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse

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    Moradi, Maryam; Nazari, Masoud; Khajouei, Amir Sajjadieh; Esfahani, Morteza Abdar

    2015-01-01

    Background: Cardiac multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) has been mainly applied in the diagnosis of valvular heart morphology and function along with the assessment of coronary artery disease. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of coronary MDCT angiography for the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), as compared to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). Materials and Methods: A total of 40 patients who had undergone both TTE and MDCT within a three-month period were included in the study. Two parameters of mitral valve leaflet thickness and leaflet billowing were measured using both techniques. The MDCT results were compared with those of TTE, which was the reference standard. Results: Implementing the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) test on the data for MDCT-measured leaflet billowing received from MDCT angiography suggests that the area under the ROC curve is 96% for a declared variable, which is absolutely significant (P < 0.001), and MDCT-measured leaflet billowing is an appropriate index for the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse. On the basis of the achieved cut-off point from the ROC analysis (which equals 2.5 mm leaftlet billowing) the MDCT-measured leaflet billowing takes a sensitivity and specificity of 68.4 and 95.2%. The false positive and false negative results are 4.8 and 31.6%. The positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV) of the revealed test indicate 92.9 and 76.9%, respectively. Finally, the consistency of the MDCT measured leaflet billowing for diagnosing the mitral valve prolapse is 82.5%. Based on the mentioned test, the consistency of the MDCT-measured leaflet thickness test is 47.5%. Conclusion: Along with the assessment of coronary arteries, the presence or absence of MVP can be reliably evaluated by MDCT angiography. PMID:26623397

  8. Left ventricular outflow track obstruction and mitral valve regurgitation in a patient with takotsubo cardiomyopathy

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    Wu, Yin; Fan, WuQiang; Chachula, Laura; Costacurta, Gary; Rohatgi, Rajeev; Elmi, Farhad

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) can be complicated by left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction and severe acute mitral regurgitation (MR), leading to hemodynamic instability in an otherwise benign disorder. Despite the severity of these complications, there is a paucity of literature on the matter. Because up to 20–25% of TCM patients develop LVOT obstruction and/or MR, it is important to recognize the clinical manifestations of these complications and to adhere to specific management in order to reduce patient morbidity and mortality. We report the clinical history, imaging, treatment strategy, and clinical outcome of a patient with TCM that was complicated with severe MR and LVOT obstruction. We then discuss the pathophysiology, characteristic imaging, key clinical features, and current treatment strategy for this unique patient population. Case report A postmenopausal woman with no clear risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) presented to the emergency department with chest pain after an episode of mental/physical stress. Physical examination revealed MR, mild hypotension, and pulmonary vascular congestion. Her troponins were mildly elevated. Cardiac catheterization excluded obstructive CAD, but revealed severe apical hypokinesia and ballooning. Notably, multiple diagnostic tests revealed the presence of severe acute MR and LVOT obstruction. The patient was diagnosed with TCM complicated by underlying MR and LVOT obstruction, and mild hemodynamic instability. The mechanism of her LVOT and MR was attributed to systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve (SAM), which the transesophageal echocardiogram clearly showed during workup. She was treated with beta-blocker, aspirin, and ACE-I with good outcome. Nitroglycerin and inotropes were discontinued and further avoided. Conclusions Our case illustrated LVOT obstruction and MR associated with underlying SAM in a patient with TCM. LVOT obstruction and MR are severe complications of TCM and may result in heart failure and/or pulmonary edema. Timely and accurate identification of these complications is critical to achieve optimal clinical outcomes in patients with TCM. PMID:26653691

  9. Isolation of Bartonella washoensis from a dog with mitral valve endocarditis.

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    Chomel, Bruno B; Wey, Aaron C; Kasten, Rickie W

    2003-11-01

    We report the first documented case of Bartonella washoensis bacteremia in a dog with mitral valve endocarditis. B. washoensis was isolated in 1995 from a human patient with cardiac disease. The main reservoir species appears to be ground squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi) in the western United States. Based on echocardiographic findings, a diagnosis of infective vegetative valvular mitral endocarditis was made in a spayed 12-year-old female Doberman pinscher. A year prior to presentation, the referring veterinarian had detected a heart murmur, which led to progressive dyspnea and a diagnosis of congestive heart failure the week before examination. One month after initial presentation, symptoms worsened. An emergency therapy for congestive heart failure was unsuccessfully implemented, and necropsy evaluation of the dog was not permitted. Indirect immunofluorescence tests showed that the dog was strongly seropositive (titer of 1:4,096) for several Bartonella antigens (B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, B. clarridgeiae, and B. henselae), highly suggestive of Bartonella endocarditis. Standard aerobic and aerobic-anaerobic cultures were negative. However, a specific blood culture for Bartonella isolation grew a fastidious, gram-negative organism 7 days after being plated. Phenotypic and genotypic characterizations of the isolate, including partial sequencing of the citrate synthase (gltA), groEL, and 16S rRNA genes, indicated that this organism was identical to B. washoensis. The dog was seronegative for all tick-borne pathogens tested (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia canis, and Rickettsia rickettsii), but the sample was highly positive for B. washoensis (titer of 1:8,192) and, according to indirect immunofluorescent-antibody assay, weakly positive for phase II Coxiella burnetii infection. PMID:14605197

  10. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, mitral valve prolapse and a familial variant involving the integrin-binding fragment of FBN1.

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    Wilson, Brian T; Jensen, Sacha A; McAnulty, Ciaron P; Brennan, Paul; Handford, Penny A

    2013-08-01

    Mutations in Fibrillin 1 (FBN1) are associated with Marfan syndrome and in some instances with the MASS phenotype (myopia, mitral valve prolapse, borderline non-progressive aortic root dilatation, skeletal features, and striae). Potential confusion over diagnosis and management in patients with borderline features has been addressed through the revised Ghent nosology, which emphasizes the importance of aortic root dilatation and ectopia lentis as features of Marfan syndrome. The overlapping and more common mitral valve prolapse syndrome is precluded by ectopia lentis or aortic dilatation. Among these clinically related conditions, there is no compelling evidence that genotype predicts phenotype, with the exception of neonatal Marfan syndrome, mutations in which cluster within FBN1 exons 24-32. Recent reports also link two very different phenotypes to changes in FBN1. Heterozygous mutations in transforming growth factor β-binding protein-like domain 5 (TB5) can cause acromicric or geleophysic dysplasias-and mutations in the TB4 domain, which contains an integrin binding RGD loop, have been found in congenital scleroderma/stiff skin syndrome. We report on a variant in an evolutionarily conserved residue that stabilizes the integrin binding fragment of FBN1, associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, mitral valve prolapse or apparently normal phenotype in different family members. PMID:23794388

  11. An integrated framework for finite-element modeling of mitral valve biomechanics from medical images: application to MitralClip intervention planning.

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    Mansi, Tommaso; Voigt, Ingmar; Georgescu, Bogdan; Zheng, Xudong; Mengue, Etienne Assoumou; Hackl, Michael; Ionasec, Razvan I; Noack, Thilo; Seeburger, Joerg; Comaniciu, Dorin

    2012-10-01

    Treatment of mitral valve (MV) diseases requires comprehensive clinical evaluation and therapy personalization to optimize outcomes. Finite-element models (FEMs) of MV physiology have been proposed to study the biomechanical impact of MV repair, but their translation into the clinics remains challenging. As a step towards this goal, we present an integrated framework for finite-element modeling of the MV closure based on patient-specific anatomies and boundary conditions. Starting from temporal medical images, we estimate a comprehensive model of the MV apparatus dynamics, including papillary tips, using a machine-learning approach. A detailed model of the open MV at end-diastole is then computed, which is finally closed according to a FEM of MV biomechanics. The motion of the mitral annulus and papillary tips are constrained from the image data for increased accuracy. A sensitivity analysis of our system shows that chordae rest length and boundary conditions have a significant influence upon the simulation results. We quantitatively test the generalization of our framework on 25 consecutive patients. Comparisons between the simulated closed valve and ground truth show encouraging results (average point-to-mesh distance: 1.49 ± 0.62 mm) but also the need for personalization of tissue properties, as illustrated in three patients. Finally, the predictive power of our model is tested on one patient who underwent MitralClip by comparing the simulated intervention with the real outcome in terms of MV closure, yielding promising prediction. By providing an integrated way to perform MV simulation, our framework may constitute a surrogate tool for model validation and therapy planning. PMID:22766456

  12. Noticeable decreased expression of tenascin-X in calcific aortic valves.

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    Matsumoto, Ken-Ichi; Satoh, Kazumi; Maniwa, Tomoko; Araki, Asuka; Maruyama, Riruke; Oda, Teiji

    2012-01-01

    Calcification of aortic valves results in valvular aortic stenosis and is becoming a common valvular condition in elderly populations. An understanding of the molecular mechanisms of this valve lesion is important for revealing potential biomarkers associated with the development and progression of this disease. In order to identify proteins that are differentially expressed in calcific aortic valves (CAVs) compared with those in adjacent normal valvular tissues, comprehensive analysis of differentially expressed proteins in the tissues was done by a quantitative proteomic approach with isobaric tag for absolute and relative quantitation labeling followed by nanoliquid chromatography matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry. The proteomic analysis revealed 105 proteins differentially expressed in CAVs in contrast to adjacent normal valvular tissues with high confidence. Significantly increased expression (≥1.3-fold) was found in 34 proteins, whereas decreased expression (<0.77-fold) was found in 39 proteins in CAVs. Among them, α-2-HS-glycoprotein showed the greatest increase in expression (6.54-fold) and tenascin-X showed the greatest decrease in expression (0.37-fold). Numerous extracellular matrix proteins such as collagens were identified as proteins with significantly decreased expression. Panther pathway analysis showed that some of the identified proteins were linked to blood coagulation and integrin signaling pathways. Cluster analysis of the 105 proteins differentially expressed in CAVs based on the expression pattern revealed that tenascin-X was clustered with proteins controlling collagen structure and function, especially collagen fibrillogenesis, such as decorin and fibromodulin. We confirmed decreased levels of these proteins in CAVs by Western blot analyses. These results indicated that massive destruction of the extracellular matrix occurs in CAVs. PMID:22827484

  13. Clinical trial design principles and endpoint definitions for transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement: part 1: clinical trial design principles: A consensus document from the mitral valve academic research consortium.

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    Stone, Gregg W; Vahanian, Alec S; Adams, David H; Abraham, William T; Borer, Jeffrey S; Bax, Jeroen J; Schofer, Joachim; Cutlip, Donald E; Krucoff, Mitchell W; Blackstone, Eugene H; Généreux, Philippe; Mack, Michael J; Siegel, Robert J; Grayburn, Paul A; Enriquez-Sarano, Maurice; Lancellotti, Patrizio; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Kappetein, Arie Pieter

    2015-08-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the most prevalent valve disorders and has numerous aetiologies, including primary (organic) MR, due to underlying degenerative/structural mitral valve (MV) pathology, and secondary (functional) MR, which is principally caused by global or regional left ventricular remodelling and/or severe left atrial dilation. Diagnosis and optimal management of MR requires integration of valve disease and heart failure specialists, MV cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists with expertise in structural heart disease, and imaging experts. The introduction of transcatheter MV therapies has highlighted the need for a consensus approach to pragmatic clinical trial design and uniform endpoint definitions to evaluate outcomes in patients with MR. The Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium is a collaboration between leading academic research organizations and physician-scientists specializing in MV disease from the United States and Europe. Three in-person meetings were held in Virginia and New York during which 44 heart failure, valve, and imaging experts, MV surgeons and interventional cardiologists, clinical trial specialists and statisticians, and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considered all aspects of MV pathophysiology, prognosis, and therapies, culminating in a 2-part document describing consensus recommendations for clinical trial design (Part 1) and endpoint definitions (Part 2) to guide evaluation of transcatheter and surgical therapies for MR. The adoption of these recommendations will afford robustness and consistency in the comparative effectiveness evaluation of new devices and approaches to treat MR. These principles may be useful for regulatory assessment of new transcatheter MV devices, as well as for monitoring local and regional outcomes to guide quality improvement initiatives. PMID:26170467

  14. Clinical Trial Design Principles and Endpoint Definitions for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement: Part 1: Clinical Trial Design Principles: A Consensus Document From the Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium.

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    Stone, Gregg W; Vahanian, Alec S; Adams, David H; Abraham, William T; Borer, Jeffrey S; Bax, Jeroen J; Schofer, Joachim; Cutlip, Donald E; Krucoff, Mitchell W; Blackstone, Eugene H; Généreux, Philippe; Mack, Michael J; Siegel, Robert J; Grayburn, Paul A; Enriquez-Sarano, Maurice; Lancellotti, Patrizio; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Kappetein, Arie Pieter

    2015-07-21

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the most prevalent valve disorders and has numerous etiologies, including primary (organic) MR, due to underlying degenerative/structural mitral valve (MV) pathology, and secondary (functional) MR, which is principally caused by global or regional left ventricular remodeling and/or severe left atrial dilation. Diagnosis and optimal management of MR requires integration of valve disease and heart failure specialists, MV cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists with expertise in structural heart disease, and imaging experts. The introduction of transcatheter MV therapies has highlighted the need for a consensus approach to pragmatic clinical trial design and uniform endpoint definitions to evaluate outcomes in patients with MR. The Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium is a collaboration between leading academic research organizations and physician-scientists specializing in MV disease from the United States and Europe. Three in-person meetings were held in Virginia and New York during which 44 heart failure, valve, and imaging experts, MV surgeons and interventional cardiologists, clinical trial specialists and statisticians, and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considered all aspects of MV pathophysiology, prognosis, and therapies, culminating in a 2-part document describing consensus recommendations for clinical trial design (Part 1) and endpoint definitions (Part 2) to guide evaluation of transcatheter and surgical therapies for MR. The adoption of these recommendations will afford robustness and consistency in the comparative effectiveness evaluation of new devices and approaches to treat MR. These principles may be useful for regulatory assessment of new transcatheter MV devices, as well as for monitoring local and regional outcomes to guide quality improvement initiatives. PMID:26184622

  15. Clinical Trial Design Principles and Endpoint Definitions for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement: Part 2: Endpoint Definitions: A Consensus Document From the Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium.

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    Stone, Gregg W; Adams, David H; Abraham, William T; Kappetein, Arie Pieter; Généreux, Philippe; Vranckx, Pascal; Mehran, Roxana; Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Leon, Martin B; Piazza, Nicolo; Head, Stuart J; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Vahanian, Alec S

    2015-07-21

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the most prevalent valve disorders and has numerous etiologies, including primary (organic) MR, due to underlying degenerative/structural mitral valve (MV) pathology, and secondary (functional) MR, which is principally caused by global or regional left ventricular remodeling and/or severe left atrial dilation. Diagnosis and optimal management of MR requires integration of valve disease and heart failure specialists, MV cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists with expertise in structural heart disease, and imaging experts. The introduction of transcatheter MV therapies has highlighted the need for a consensus approach to pragmatic clinical trial design and uniform endpoint definitions to evaluate outcomes in patients with MR. The Mitral Valve Academic Research Consortium is a collaboration between leading academic research organizations and physician-scientists specializing in MV disease from the United States and Europe. Three in-person meetings were held in Virginia and New York during which 44 heart failure, valve, and imaging experts, MV surgeons and interventional cardiologists, clinical trial specialists and statisticians, and representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considered all aspects of MV pathophysiology, prognosis, and therapies, culminating in a 2-part document describing consensus recommendations for clinical trial design (Part 1) and endpoint definitions (Part 2) to guide evaluation of transcatheter and surgical therapies for MR. The adoption of these recommendations will afford robustness and consistency in the comparative effectiveness evaluation of new devices and approaches to treat MR. These principles may be useful for regulatory assessment of new transcatheter MV devices, as well as for monitoring local and regional outcomes to guide quality improvement initiatives. PMID:26184623

  16. [Diagnosis and differential therapy of mitral stenosis].

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    Fassbender, D; Schmidt, H K; Seggewiss, H; Mannebach, H; Bogunovic, N

    1998-11-01

    Clinical symptoms and diagnostic findings in patients with mitral stenosis are usually determined by the extent of the stenosis. Compared to a normal mitral valve area (MVA) of > 4 cm2, MVA in patients with severe mitral stenosis is usually reduced to < 1.5 cm2. In older patients symptoms are frequently influenced by concomitant diseases (e.g. atrial fibrillation, arterial hypertension or lung disease). An important diagnostic element besides anamnesis, auscultation, ECG and chest X-ray is echocardiography, which is required in order to measure non-invasively and reliably the mitral valve gradient (MVG), the MVA and morphologic changes to the valves, as well as concomitant valvular disease, ventricular functions and, where appropriate, left-atrial thrombi. In addition to the surgical treatment of patients with severe mitral stenosis, which has been an established procedure for 50 years, percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (MVP) has recently established itself as an alternative option. At the current time, the Inoue technique seems to display the most advantages. Following transseptal puncture, the Inoue balloon is guided transvenously into the left atrium and then into the left ventricle using a special support wire. The balloon is short and soft. Its special unfolding character enables it to be placed securely in the mitral valve without any risk of ventricular perforation (Figure 1). As with surgical commissurotomy, balloon valvuloplasty leads to a separation of fused commissures. This results in a significant reduction of MVG, accompanied by an increase in the MVA (Figure 2). The results and success of MVP are influenced by the morphology of the valves and the changes to the subvalvular apparatus. In randomized studies, the results of surgical commissurotomy were comparable with those of balloon mitral valvulotomy. In our hospital, an increase in MVA from 1.0 to 1.8 cm2 could be achieved in 899 patients (mean age 56 +/- 3 years). In younger patients with less significantly changed valves, the results were correspondingly more favorable than in older patients (Figure 3). Provided valve morphology is suitable, a relapse following previous surgical commissurotomy is not a contraindication for MVP. The MVP complication rate is very low in skilled hands: mortality is below 1%; mitral insufficiency occurs in 3 to 10% of interventions; we observed a severe mitral insufficiency in 5% of our patient group. Thromboembolic complications may be prevented after exclusion of atrial thrombi by transesophageal echocardiography. The occurrence of a hemodynamically significant atrial septum defect is a very rare event. The mid-term results (5 to 10 years) and the low restenosis rate following MVP in patients with suitable valves are comparable with those of surgical commissurotomy. In older patients with considerably changed, calcified and fibrotic valves, restenosis may be expected within 1 to 5 years. In these patients MVP represents no more than a palliative intervention in order to prolong the point of surgery, for example in patients where a concomitant aortic valve disease in itself is not yet an indication for surgery. Special indications are to be found in young patients with severe mitral stenosis yet few symptoms, in pregnant females and in emergency situations, as well as in patients with Grade II mitral stenosis with intermittent atrial fibrillation. Catheter therapy is much less invasive than surgery. In case of failure the patient still has the option of surgical therapy. Patients with morphologically significantly altered valves usually receive a valve replacement since an unsuccessful reconstruction would lead to a second operation within a very short time interval. Contraindications for MVP are thrombi in the left atrium, a previously existing > Grade II mitral regurgitation and marked, degenerative destruction of the subvalvular apparatus or extensive calcification of the valves. MVP thus represents a significant addi PMID:9859036

  17. Horseshoe thrombus in a patient with mechanical prosthetic mitral valve: A case report and review of literature

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    Mehra, Sanjay; Movahed, Assad; Espinoza, Carlos; Marcu, Constantin B

    2015-01-01

    Patients with prosthetic cardiac valves are at high risk for thromboembolic complications and need life long anticoagulation with warfarin, which can be associated with variable dose requirements and fluctuating level of systemic anticoagulation and may predispose to thromboembolic and or hemorrhagic complications. Prosthetic cardiac valve thrombosis is associated with high morbidity and mortality. A high index of suspicion is essential for prompt diagnosis. Transthoracic echocardiography, and if required transesophageal echocardiography are the main diagnostic imaging modalities. Medically stable patients can be managed with thrombolytic therapy and anticoagulation, while some patients may require surgical thrombectomy or valve replacement. We present a case report of a patient with prosthetic mitral valve and an unusually large left atrial thrombus with both thromboembolic and hemorrhagic complications. PMID:26380832

  18. Horseshoe thrombus in a patient with mechanical prosthetic mitral valve: A case report and review of literature.

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    Mehra, Sanjay; Movahed, Assad; Espinoza, Carlos; Marcu, Constantin B

    2015-09-16

    Patients with prosthetic cardiac valves are at high risk for thromboembolic complications and need life long anticoagulation with warfarin, which can be associated with variable dose requirements and fluctuating level of systemic anticoagulation and may predispose to thromboembolic and or hemorrhagic complications. Prosthetic cardiac valve thrombosis is associated with high morbidity and mortality. A high index of suspicion is essential for prompt diagnosis. Transthoracic echocardiography, and if required transesophageal echocardiography are the main diagnostic imaging modalities. Medically stable patients can be managed with thrombolytic therapy and anticoagulation, while some patients may require surgical thrombectomy or valve replacement. We present a case report of a patient with prosthetic mitral valve and an unusually large left atrial thrombus with both thromboembolic and hemorrhagic complications. PMID:26380832

  19. [Knack and pitfall in valve replacement].

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    Takano, T; Amano, J

    2010-07-01

    We choose prosthetic or bioprosthetic valves according to AHA/ACC guidelines in valve replacement. It is important to remove only the calcification and avoid over-resection to preserve the valve annulus during aortic valve replacement. We leave posterior leaflet as well as basal chordae in mitral valve replacement in case of large mitral annulus. Sutures should be tied-down after those on both adjacent sides are pulled up and the sawing cuff and annulus are firmly attached. Intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography is useful for detecting a stack valve, perivalvular leakage and remnant air in the cardiac chambers. We performed 53 cases of valve replacement in 2009. One patient (1.9%) died because of ventricular arrhythmia during hospital stay. Re-operation was required in 2 cases (3.8%) of infective endocarditis due to prosthetic valve endocarditis. No other major complication was observed. PMID:20715438

  20. Percutaneous mitral valve repair with the MitraClip system: acute results from a real world setting

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    Tamburino, Corrado; Ussia, Gian Paolo; Maisano, Francesco; Capodanno, Davide; La Canna, Giovanni; Scandura, Salvatore; Colombo, Antonio; Giacomini, Andrea; Michev, Iassen; Mangiafico, Sarah; Cammalleri, Valeria; Barbanti, Marco; Alfieri, Ottavio

    2010-01-01

    Aims This study sought to evaluate the feasibility and early outcomes of a percutaneous edge-to-edge repair approach for mitral valve regurgitation with the MitraClip® system (Evalve, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, USA). Methods and results Patients were selected for the procedure based on the consensus of a multidisciplinary team. The primary efficacy endpoint was acute device success defined as clip placement with reduction of mitral regurgitation to ≤2+. The primary acute safety endpoint was 30-day freedom from major adverse events, defined as the composite of death, myocardial infarction, non-elective cardiac surgery for adverse events, renal failure, transfusion of >2 units of blood, ventilation for >48 h, deep wound infection, septicaemia, and new onset of atrial fibrillation. Thirty-one patients (median age 71, male 81%) were treated between August 2008 and July 2009. Eighteen patients (58%) presented with functional disease and 13 patients (42%) presented with organic degenerative disease. A clip was successfully implanted in 19 patients (61%) and two clips in 12 patients (39%). The median device implantation time was 80 min. At 30 days, there was an intra-procedural cardiac tamponade and a non-cardiac death, resulting in a primary safety endpoint of 93.6% [95% confidence interval (CI) 77.2–98.9]. Acute device success was observed in 96.8% of patients (95% CI 81.5–99.8). Compared with baseline, left ventricular diameters, diastolic left ventricular volume, diastolic annular septal–lateral dimension, and mitral valve area significantly diminished at 30 days. Conclusion Our initial results with the MitraClip device in a very small number of patients indicate that percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair is feasible and may be accomplished with favourable short-term safety and efficacy results. PMID:20299349

  1. Prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis of generalized arterial calcification of infancy.

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    Corbacioglu Esmer, Aytul; Kalelioglu, Ibrahim; Omeroglu, Rukiye Eker; Kayserili, Hulya; Gulluoglu, Mine; Has, Recep; Yuksel, Atıl

    2015-01-01

    A healthy 19-year-old nulliparous pregnant woman was referred to our clinic because of fetal pericardial effusion and ascites. The sonographic examination performed at 28 weeks' gestation revealed scalp edema, severe skin edema, bilateral hydrocele, ascites, and pleural and pericardial effusion. Fetal echocardiographic examination showed that both ventricles were dilated with severely depressed contractility. The aortic annulus, ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending aorta, common iliac arteries, main pulmonary artery, tricuspid valve, and mitral chordae tendinae were hyperechogenic. Right ventricular outflow tract was narrow with decreased blood flow. There was tricuspid and mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve stenosis. On the basis of these findings, we made the diagnosis of generalized arterial calcification, which is characterized by extensive calcification of internal elastic lamina and intimal proliferation of medium-sized and large arteries. This diagnosis was confirmed histologically after the termination of pregnancy. PMID:24420383

  2. Developmental pathways and endothelial to mesenchymal transition in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease.

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    Lu, Chi-Chien; Liu, Meng-Meng; Clinton, Michael; Culshaw, Geoff; Argyle, David J; Corcoran, Brendan M

    2015-12-01

    Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the cardiovascular equivalent, endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndoMT), contribute to a range of chronic degenerative diseases and cancer metastasis. Chronic valvulopathies exhibit some features of EndoMT and activation of developmental signalling pathways, such as osteogenesis and chondrogenesis, expression of cell differentiation markers, basement membrane damage and endothelial transformation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential role of developmental mechanisms in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) using a combination of transcriptomic array technology, RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. There was significant differential expression for genes typically associated with valvulogenesis and EndoMT, including markers of inflammation (IL6, IL18 and TLR4), basement membrane disarray (NID1, LAMA2 and CTSS), mesenchymal and endothelial cell differentiation (MYH11 and TAGLN) and EndoMT (ACTA2, SNAI1, CTNNB1, HAS2, CDH5, and NOTCH1), with fold changes from +15.35 (ACTA2) to -5.52 (LAMA2). These changes in gene expression were confirmed using RT-PCR, except for HAS2. In silico analysis identified important gene networks and canonical pathways in MMVD that have associations with development and organogenesis, including inflammation, valve morphogenesis and EMT, as well as components of the basement membrane and extra-cellular matrix. Immunohistochemistry identified changes in the expression of hyaluronic acid synthase (Has2), Snai1, ?-smooth muscle actin (?-SMA) and VE-cadherin (CDH5), and co-expression of Has2 with ?-SMA. These research findings strongly suggest involvement of developmental signalling pathways and mechanisms, including EndoMT, in the pathogenesis of canine MMVD. PMID:26586213

  3. Mass-spring systems for simulating mitral valve repair using 3D ultrasound images.

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    Skornitzke, Stephan; Schummers, Georg; Schreckenberg, Marcus; Ender, Jörg; Eibel, Sarah; Bungartz, Hans-Joachim; Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich; Stiller, Wolfram

    2015-10-01

    Mitral valve (MV) diseases are among the most common types of heart diseases, while heart diseases are the most common cause of death worldwide. MV repair surgery is connected to higher survival rates and fewer complications than the total replacement of the MV, but MV repair requires extensive patient-specific therapy planning. The simulation of MV repair with a patient-specific model could help to optimize surgery results and make MV repair available to more patients. However, current patient-specific simulations are difficult to transfer to clinical application because of time-constraints or prohibitive requirements on the resolution of the image data. As one possible solution to the problem of patient-specific MV modeling, we present a mass-spring MV model based on 3D transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) images already routinely acquired for MV repair therapy planning. Our novel approach to the rest-length estimation of springs allows us to model the global support of the MV leaflets through the chordae tendinae without the need for high-resolution image data. The model is used to simulate MV annuloplasty for five patients undergoing MV repair, and the simulated results are compared to post-surgical TEE images. The comparison shows that our model is able to provide a qualitative estimate of annuloplasty surgery. In addition, the data suggests that the model might also be applied to simulating the implantation of artificial chordae. PMID:26241162

  4. Mitral valve prolapse associated with celiac artery stenosis: a new ultrasonographic syndrome?

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    Arcari, Luciano

    2004-01-01

    Background Celiac artery stenosis (CAS) may be caused by atherosclerotic degeneration or compression exerted by the arched ligament of the diaphragm. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is the most common valvular disorder. There are no reports on an association between CAS and MVP. Methods 1560 (41%) out of 3780 consecutive patients undergoing echocardiographic assessment of MVP, had Doppler sonography of the celiac tract to detect CAS. Results CAS was found in 57 (3.7%) subjects (23 males and 34 females) none of whom complained of symptoms related to visceral ischemia. MVP was observed in 47 (82.4%) subjects with and 118 (7.9%) without CAS (p < 0.001). The agreement between MVP and CAS was 39% (95% CI 32–49%). PSV (Peak Systolic Velocity) was the only predictor of CAS in MPV patients (OR 0.24, 95% CI 0.08–0.69) as selected in a multivariate logistic model. Conclusion CAS and MVP seem to be significantly associated in patients undergoing consecutive ultrasonographic screening. PMID:15588321

  5. [Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography and systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve: findings during noncardiac surgery].

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    Cabrera Schulmeyer, M C; Labbé, M; Schmied, S; De la Maza, J

    2007-01-01

    Systolic anterior motion is an under-recognized cause of acute systemic hypotension during noncardiac surgery. This dynamic event has come to light with the introduction of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, which provides anatomic and functional images in real time. The cause of this abnormal motion is still uncertain, although it is thought that changes in the shape and function of the left ventricle allow displacement of the mitral valve annulus so that 1 or more leaflets can be pulled toward the outflow tract and obstruct it during the systole. It is important to recognize and diagnose this phenomenon as a cause of hypotension during noncardiac surgery because it can be treated with volume replacement and beta-blockers. The results of such measures can be monitored on intraoperative echocardiographic images. Volume replacement should increase the size of the ventricle and the beta-blockers should decrease the hyperdynamic state. We report a case of abnormal systolic motion during noncardiac surgery that was managed with the help of echocardiography. PMID:17953339

  6. Predictive model for the detection of pulmonary hypertension in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease

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    MIKAWA, Shoma; MIYAGAWA, Yuichi; TODA, Noriko; TOMINAGA, Yoshinori; TAKEMURA, Naoyuki

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH) often occurs due to a left heart disease, such as myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD), in dogs and is diagnosed using Doppler echocardiography and estimated pulmonary arterial pressure. Diagnosis of PH in dogs requires expertise in echocardiography: however, the examination for PH is difficult to perform in a clinical setting. Thus, simple and reliable methods are required for the diagnosis of PH in dogs. The purpose of this study was to develop models using multiple logistic regression analysis to detect PH due to left heart disease in dogs with MMVD without echocardiography. The medical records of dogs with MMVD were retrospectively reviewed, and 81 dogs were included in this study and classified into PH and non-PH groups. Bivariate analysis was performed to compare all parameters between the groups, and variables with P values of <0.25 in bivariate analysis were included in multiple logistic regression analysis to develop models for the detection of PH. In multiple logistic regression analysis, the model included a vertebral heart scale short axis of >5.2 v, and a length of sternal contact of >3.3 v was considered suitable for the detection of PH. The predictive accuracy of this model (85.9%) was judged statistically adequate, and therefore, this model may be useful to screen for PH due to left heart disease in dogs with MMVD without echocardiography. PMID:25319513

  7. Hemostatic Markers in Congestive Heart Failure Dogs with Mitral Valve Disease

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    Prihirunkit, Kreangsak; Sastravaha, Amornrate; Lekcharoensuk, Chalermpol; Chanloinapha, Phongsak

    2014-01-01

    Prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), fibrinogen, D-dimer, antithrombin III (AT III), protein C (PC), factor VII (F.VII), and factor VIII (F.VIII), as well as hematocrit (HCT), platelets number (PLT), total plasma protein (TP), and albumin (ALB), were studied on fifty-eight congestive heart failure (CHF) dogs with mitral valve disease (MVD) and fifty control dogs. All of variables of MVD group, except APTT, were significantly different (P < 0.5) from control group. The variables were also compared among functional classes of CHF dogs and control dogs. It was determined that the higher the functional class of CHF dogs was, the greater the levels of fibrinogen and D-dimer were, whereas the lesser the activities of AT III and PC were presented. Additionally, TP had linear correlation with fibrinogen, D-dimer, HCT, and PLT (r = 0.31, 0.30, 0.43, and 0.38, resp., P < 0.5). These findings suggested that fibrinogen and D-dimer were the factors predisposing hypercoagulability through an increase in blood viscosity. The hemorheological abnormalities would shift an overall hemostatic balance toward a more thrombotic state in CHF dogs with MVD. PMID:26464938

  8. Is there any link between joint hypermobility and mitral valve prolapse in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome?

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    Kozanoglu, Erkan; Coskun Benlidayi, Ilke; Eker Akilli, Rabia; Tasal, Abdurrahman

    2016-04-01

    The objective of the present study is to determine whether benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) modifies the risk of mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Female patients fulfilling the 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) diagnostic criteria for FM were included into the study. Joint hypermobility and BJHS were assessed using Beighton's scoring system and Brighton criteria, respectively. Echocardiograpic evaluation was performed in order to test the presence of MVP. Of the 75 female FM patients, 68.0 % (n = 51) and 20.0 % (n = 15) were diagnosed with BJHS and MVP, respectively. The frequencies of both MVP and BJHS seemed higher than the general population prevalence (p = 0.000 for both). The frequency of MVP was significantly higher in patients with BJHS than that in patients without BJHS (p = 0.028). In addition, BJHS was found to increase the risk of MVP approximately ninefold [odds ratio (OR) 8.7, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.1-70.7]. As a result, BJHS and MVP are both common in female patients with FM. Moreover, among the female patients with FM, those with BJHS are about nine times more prone to MVP than those without BJHS. Cardiologic assessment might be added to the routine follow-up strategies in FM patients with BJHS in order to exclude the cardiac pathologies, especially MVP. PMID:26216348

  9. Expression Profiling of Circulating MicroRNAs in Canine Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease

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    Li, Qinghong; Freeman, Lisa M.; Rush, John E.; Laflamme, Dorothy P.

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that have shown promise as noninvasive biomarkers in cardiac disease. This study was undertaken to investigate the miRNA expression profile in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). 277 miRNAs were quantified using RT-qPCR from six normal dogs (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Stage A), six dogs with MMVD mild to moderate cardiac enlargement (ACVIM Stage B1/B2) and six dogs with MMVD and congestive heart failure (ACVIM Stage C/D). Eleven miRNAs were differentially expressed (False Discovery Rate < 0.05). Dogs in Stage B1/B2 or C/D had four upregulated miRNAs, including three cfa-let-7/cfa-miR-98 family members, while seven others were downregulated, compared to Stage A. Expression of six of the 11 miRNAs also were significantly different between dogs in Stage C/D and those in Stage B1/B2. The expression changes were greater as disease severity increased. These miRNAs may be candidates for novel biomarkers and may provide insights into genetic regulatory pathways in canine MMVD. PMID:26101868

  10. Development of post-pump syndrome in a sheep after mitral valve stenting.

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    Levionnois, Olivier; Kronen, Peter

    2008-10-01

    A one-year-old healthy sheep received an implant stenting the mural ('posterior') leaflet of the mitral valve. The experiment was authorized by the Cantonal Ethical Committee. The surgery was performed on the open, beating heart during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Management of anaesthesia was based on isoflurane with mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV) of the lungs, combined with intercostal nerve blocks and intravenous fentanyl and lidocaine. Marked cardiovascular depression occurred towards the end of CPB time and required high doses of dopamine, dobutamine, lidocaine and ephedrine to allow for weaning off the CPB pump. Moreover, severe pulmonary dysfunction developed when IPPV was re-initiated after CPB. Hypoxaemia persisted throughout the recovery from general anaesthesia. Multiple organ failure developed gradually during the three postoperative days, leading to euthanasia of the animal. As described in this case, marked lung injury associated with some degree of failure of other vital organs may occur in sheep after CPB. Intraoperative cardiorespiratory complications when weaning-off may indicate the development of 'post-pump syndrome'. PMID:18782820

  11. Evaluation of a New Atrial Retractor for Exposure of the Mitral Valve in a Porcine Model

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    Bean, Eric; Chanoit, Guillaume; Jernigan, Shaphan; Bolotin, Gil; Osborne, Jason; Buckner, Gregory

    2009-01-01

    Objectives To describe a novel atrial retractor and compare 2 methods of intraoperative left atrial retraction (LA) for minimally invasive (MI) mitral valve (MV) repair. Methods Left atrial retraction was performed on 5 swine cadavers to evaluate performance (percent of MV annulus (MVA) accessible), encountered complications, ease of use, and surgical time for the MI atrial retractor (MIAR) and a HeartPort atrial retractor. Results Estimated accessibilities were 93.0 % (SE=3.2) and 92.7 % (SE=3.3), for the HeartPort and MIAR retractors, respectively, with a non-significant difference of 0.3%, (se=2.2%, p=.8832, df=34). Tissue damage occurred in 1 case for the MIAR retractor and 2 cases for the HeartPort retractor. The mean surgical times for retractor placement and MVA exposure were 107.4, and 39.2 seconds, for the HeartPort and MIAR retractors, respectively, with a highly significant difference of 68.2 seconds (p=.0092, df=4). Conclusions The MIAR retractor is a suitable alternative method of atrial retraction compared to standard techniques of retraction. While it provides comparable exposure of the MVA, it is less time consuming to place, provides subjectively more working volume within the LA, and has the advantage of minimal atriotomy incision length and customizable retraction. PMID:19114196

  12. Conditional long-term survival following minimally invasive robotic mitral valve repair: a health services perspective

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    Griffin, William F.; Gudimella, Preeti; O’Neal, Wesley T.; Davies, Stephen W.; Crane, Patricia B.; Anderson, Ethan J.; Kindell, Linda C.; Landrine, Hope; O’Neal, Jason B.; Alwair, Hazaim; Kypson, Alan P.; Nifong, Wiley L.; Chitwood, W. Randolph

    2015-01-01

    Background Conditional survival is defined as the probability of surviving an additional number of years beyond that already survived. The aim of this study was to compute conditional survival in patients who received a robotically assisted, minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedure (RMVP). Methods Patients who received RMVP with annuloplasty band from May 2000 through April 2011 were included. A 5- and 10-year conditional survival model was computed using a multivari