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Mitral heart valve design

Piergiorgio Tozzi, Daniel Hayoz, Carlo Antona, Gianfranco B Fiore, Giuseppe Siniscalchi, Enrico Ferrari, Gérard Baeriswyl, Riccardo Vismara
This investigation sought to determine the feasibility of a novel mitral ring designed to reshape mitral annulus on beating heart, after surgery. The mitral ring is intended to improve mitral leaflets coaptation to correct residual and recurrent mitral regurgitations. It could also provide progressive correction of mitral regurgitation. The device was tested in ex vivo beating heart model.The novel mitral ring is selectively deformable in P1, P2 and P3 segments using a dedicated angioplasty-type balloon. The deformation should increase leaflets' coaptation reducing distance between the two leaflets...
November 15, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Charles H Bloodworth, Eric L Pierce, Thomas F Easley, Andrew Drach, Amir H Khalighi, Milan Toma, Morten O Jensen, Michael S Sacks, Ajit P Yoganathan
Computational modeling of the mitral valve (MV) has potential applications for determining optimal MV repair techniques and risk of recurrent mitral regurgitation. Two key concerns for informing these models are (1) sensitivity of model performance to the accuracy of the input geometry, and, (2) acquisition of comprehensive data sets against which the simulation can be validated across clinically relevant geometries. Addressing the first concern, ex vivo micro-computed tomography (microCT) was used to image MVs at high resolution (~40 micron voxel size)...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Benyamin Rahmani, Spyros Tzamtzis, Rose Sheridan, Michael J Mullen, John Yap, Alexander M Seifalian, Gaetano Burriesci
AIMS: The aim of this study was to introduce and demonstrate the feasibility in an acute preclinical model of a new transcatheter heart valve concept with a self-expanding wire frame, polymeric leaflets and a sealing component. METHODS AND RESULTS: The TRISKELE valve was developed based on a previously validated polymeric leaflet design, an adaptive sealing cuff and a novel nitinol wire frame which reduces stress on the leaflets and radial pressure on the surrounding tissue...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
Edward A Gardner, Georg A Weidlich
In a treatment planning study, radiosurgical treatment plans designed to produce lesions on the left atrium were created using two different methodologies. In one, structures in the heart (mitral valve and coronary arteries) were designated as critical structures while this was not done in the second plan. The treatment plans that were created were compared with standards for heart dose used when treating spine tumors. Although the dosage for the whole heart greatly exceeded the dose standards, when only the dose to the ventricles was considered, the plan where the mitral valve was spared was very close to the dose standards...
2016: Curēus
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Deborah Lamont, Deborah J Shuman
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence indicates the effectiveness of surgical ablation confined to the left atrium, especially with short duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) and smaller left atrial (LA) size. This study examined rhythm status and predictors of failure in this group of patients. METHODS: Of 800 patients who underwent concomitant surgical ablation (2005 to 2015), 110 had LA-only ablation. Rhythm status was defined according to Heart Rhythm Society guidelines: sinus rhythm (SR) without class I/III antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs)...
August 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Cesare Quarto, Simon Davies, Alison Duncan, Alistair Lindsay, Georg Lutter, Lucian Lozonschi, Neil Moat
OBJECTIVE: A small number of transcatheter mitral valve implants (TMVIs) have been reported using devices designed to treat secondary mitral regurgitation (MR). However, MR has many etiologies, and patients have a broad spectrum of annular size, geometry, and lesions. There are a number of technical challenges for TMVI including left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and paravalvular MR. Thirty days' outcome of first-in-man implants with a novel TMVI device is reported. METHODS: The Tendyne TMVI system consists of a porcine pericardial valve in a tethered nitinol frame...
May 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Kristina Wachter, Samir Ahad, Christian J Rustenbach, Ulrich F W Franke, Hardy Baumbach
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has proven to be a valid option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high perioperative risk, particularly in patients with previous cardiac surgery. Several patients with previous mitral valve surgery were reported to have been successfully treated with TAVI. CASE PRESENTATION: Two patients, one with mechanical and one with biological mitral valve prosthesis, presented with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis...
2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Saskia Pokorny, Katharina Huenges, Jan Hinerk Hansen, Yannik Schadow, Gunther Fischer, Michael M Morlock, Jochen Cremer, Georg Lutter
OBJECTIVES: A large cohort of patients suffering from severe mitral regurgitation does not meet the indications for conventional surgery and would greatly benefit from a transcatheter approach in the beating heart. Consequently, off-pump transcatheter mitral valve procedures have been the focus of recent research. The aim of this study was the in vivo evaluation and comparison of subannular versus apical fixation of mitral valved stents to show the feasibility of subannular anchorage...
July 29, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
James S Gammie, Peter Wilson, Krzysztof Bartus, Andrzej Gackowski, Judy Hung, Michael N D'Ambra, Piotr Kolsut, Gregory J Bittle, Piotr Szymanski, Jerzy Sadowski, Boguslaw Kapelak, Agata Bilewska, Mariusz Kusmierczyk, Mehrdad Ghoreishi
BACKGROUND: Degenerative mitral valve (MV) disease is a common cause of severe mitral regurgitation (MR) and accounts for the majority of MV operations. Conventional MV surgery requires cardiopulmonary bypass, aortic cross-clamping, cardioplegia, and a thoracotomy or sternotomy and, therefore, is associated with significant disability, risks, and unpredictable rates of MV repair. Transesophageal echocardiography-guided beating-heart MV repair with expanded polytetrafluoroethylene cordal insertion has the potential to significantly reduce surgical morbidity...
July 19, 2016: Circulation
Agnieszka A Książek, Katharyn J Mitchell, Laurent Morax, Colin C Schwarzwald, Simon P Hoerstrup, Benedikt Weber
BACKGROUND: Heterotopic heart transplantation (HHT) in rodent animal models represents an important technique enabling studies on organ transplantation immunology and pharmaceutical development. Recent investigations used nonworking HHT designs, with the left ventricle (LV) bypassed in the anastomosis system. In spite of their principal success, the lack of orthogonal ventricular filling leads to myocardial atrophy. However, when focusing on the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the in vivo remodeling of the myocardium or cell-based cardiovascular implants, a nonworking model is suboptimal as it lacks the native-analogous hemodynamic and metabolic situation...
July 20, 2016: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
Bonnie K Lefbom, Neal K Peckens
OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of in-person collaborative care by primary care veterinarians (pcDVMs) and board-certified veterinary cardiologists (BCVCs) on survival time of dogs after onset of congestive heart failure (CHF) and on associated revenue for the attending pcDVMs. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. ANIMALS 26 small-breed dogs treated for naturally occurring CHF secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease at a multilocation primary care veterinary hospital between 2008 and 2013. PROCEDURES Electronic medical records were reviewed to identify dogs with confirmed CHF secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease and collect information on patient care, survival time, and pcDVM revenue...
July 1, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Grzegorz Smolka, Piotr Pysz, Michał Kozłowski, Marek Jasiński, Radosław Gocoł, Tomasz Roleder, Agnieszka Kargul, Andrzej Ochała, Wojciech Wojakowski
INTRODUCTION: Transcatheter paravalvular leak closure (TPVLC) has become an established treatment option but is mostly performed with off-label use of different non-dedicated occluders. The first one specifically designed for TPVLC is the paravalvular leak device (PLD - Occlutech). AIM: We present initial short-term results of a prospective registry intended to assess the safety and efficacy of TPVLC with PLD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We screened patients with paravalvular leak (PVL) after surgical valve replacement (SVR)...
2016: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
Sean Guo-Dong Tan, Sangho Kim, Jimmy Kim Fatt Hon, Hwa Liang Leo
Prior studies have shown that in a healthy heart, there exist a large asymmetric vortex structure that aids in establishing a steady flow field in the left ventricle. However, the implantation of existing artificial heart valves at the mitral position is found to have a negative effect on this physiological flow pattern. In light of this, a novel D-shaped bileaflet porcine bioprosthesis (GD valve) has been designed based on the native geometry mitral valve, with the hypothesis that biomimicry in valve design can restore physiological left ventricle flow patterns after valve implantation...
2016: PloS One
Ovandir Bazan, Jayme Pinto Ortiz, Newton Kiyoshi Fukumasu, Antonio Luiz Pacifico, Jurandir Itizo Yanagihara
PURPOSE: Besides ventricular parameters, the design and angular orientation of a prosthetic heart valve induce a specific flow field. The aim of this study was to know the inflow characteristics of a left ventricular model (LVM), investigating the behavior of tricuspid bioprosthetic mitral valves in terms of velocity profiles and related valve aperture areas at the beginning of diastole, under different conditions. METHODS: 3 heart rates (HRs) were established in the LVM and each mitral bioprosthesis (27 and 31 mm diameter) was installed in 2 orientations, rotated by 180° ...
July 4, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Georg D Duerr, Jan-Malte Sinning, Fritz Mellert
AIMS: Transcatheter mitral valve-in-ring (TMVIR) implantation with transcatheter heart valve (THV) prostheses can be performed in patients with recurrent mitral regurgitation (MR) following annuloplasty. However, an oval configuration and sometimes the rigidity of surgical rings can often lead to suboptimal THV expansion, resulting in considerable paravalvular or central leakage. Therefore, our aim was to develop an annuloplasty ring that fully adjusts to THV implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A three-dimensional annuloplasty ring was separated into four pieces at defined locations, the sections were reconnected with heat-shrinkable tubing and rearranged into the original shape...
April 2016: EuroIntervention
Yuriy Dudiy, Andrew Brownlee, Carlos E Ruiz
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...
June 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Michael Ghosh-Dastidar, Ashok Narayana, Ricardo Boix, Vinayak Bapat
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...
June 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Martin Schweiger, Barnard Krüger, Anna Cavigelli-Brunner, Hitendu Dave, Martin Schmiady, Michael Hübler
PURPOSE: The pediatric population has benefited greatly by the evolution of ventricular assist devices (VADs) leading to miniaturization. Device design like the HeartWare® VAD allows for implantation in smaller patients or even as an implantable biventricular assist device. CASE REPORT: A ten-year-old female patient (body surface area: 1.02 m2, 27 kg) waiting for 7 months for heart transplantation was admitted to the intensive care unit due to terminal heart failure...
January 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Patrice Guerin, Sandrine Bourguignon, Nicolas Jamet, Sébastien Marque
Introduction Mitral regurgitation is a heart condition resulting from blood flowing from the left ventricle towards the left atrium, increasing the risk of heart failure and mortality. While surgery can greatly reduce these risks, some patients are not eligible, resulting in medication being their only therapeutic alternative. The MitraClip (Abbot Vascular) is a medical device that is percutaneously implanted and designed to eliminate leaking of the mitral valve. Methods The efficacy of the MitraClip strategy vs medical management was assessed using a 4-state Markov model based on the mitral regurgitation grade (mitral regurgitation grade 0, I/II, and III/IV, and death)...
July 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
Enrico Ferrari
The majority of transcatheter aortic valve implantations, structural heart procedures and the newly developed transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement are traditionally performed either through a transfemoral or a transapical access site, depending on the presence of severe peripheral vascular disease or anatomic limitations. The transapical approach, which carries specific advantages related to its antegrade nature and the short distance between the introduction site and the cardiac target, is traditionally performed through a left anterolateral mini-thoracotomy and requires rib retractors, soft tissue retractors and reinforced apical sutures to secure, at first, the left ventricular apex for the introduction of the stent-valve delivery systems and then to seal the access site at the end of the procedure...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
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