Systolic characteristics and dynamic changes of the mitral valve in different grades of ischemic mitral regurgitation - insights from 3D transesophageal echocardiography

Caroline Morbach, Diego Bellavia, Stefan Störk, Lissa Sugeng

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Background: Mitral regurgitation in ischemic heart disease (IMR) is a strong predictor of outcome but until now, pathophysiology is not sufficiently understood and treatment is not satisfying. We aimed to systematically evaluate structural and functional mitral valve leaflet and annular characteristics in patients with IMR to determine the differences in geometric and dynamic changes of the MV between significant and mild IMR. Methods: Thirty-seven patients with IMR (18 mild (m)MR, 19 significant (moderate+severe) (s)MR) and 33 controls underwent TEE. 3D volumes were analyzed using 3D feature-tracking software. Results: All IMR patients showed a loss of mitral annular motility and non-planarity, whereas mitral annulus dilation and leaflet enlargement occurred in sMR only. Active-posterior-leaflet-area decreased in early systole in all three groups accompanied by an increase in active-anterior-leaflet-area in early systole in controls and mMR but only in late systole in sMR. Conclusions: In addition to a significant enlargement and loss in motility of the MV annulus, patients with significant IMR showed a spatio-temporal alteration of the mitral valve coaptation line due to a delayed increase in active-anterior-leaflet-area. This abnormality is likely to contribute to IMR severity and is worth the evaluation of becoming a parameter for clinical decision-making. Further, addressing the leaflets aiming to increase the active leaflet-area is a promising therapeutic approach for significant IMR. Additional studies with a larger sample size and post-operative assessment are warranted to further validate our findings and help understand the dynamics of the mitral valve.

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2018

Keywords

  • Coaptation line
  • Dynamic
  • Functional regurgitation
  • Ischemic
  • Leaflet
  • Mitral valve
  • Tenting
  • Therapeutic approach
  • Three-dimensional echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Systolic characteristics and dynamic changes of the mitral valve in different grades of ischemic mitral regurgitation - insights from 3D transesophageal echocardiography'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this