(1/118) Chordal force distribution determines systolic mitral leaflet configuration and severity of functional mitral regurgitation.

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of the chordae tendineae force distribution on systolic mitral leaflet geometry and mitral valve competence in vitro. BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation is caused by changes in several elements of the valve apparatus. Interaction among these have to comply with the chordal force distribution defined by the chordal coapting forces (F(c)) created by the transmitral pressure difference, which close the leaflets and the chordal tethering forces (FT) pulling the leaflets apart. METHODS: Porcine mitral valves (n = 5) were mounted in a left ventricular model where leading edge chordal forces measured by dedicated miniature force transducers were controlled by changing left ventricular pressure and papillary muscle position. Chordae geometry and occlusional leaflet area (OLA) needed to cover the leaflet orifice for a given leaflet configuration were determined by two-dimensional echo and reconstructed three-dimensionally. Occlusional leaflet area was used as expression for incomplete leaflet coaptation. Regurgitant fraction (RF) was measured with an electromagnetic flowmeter. RESULTS: Mixed procedure statistics revealed a linear correlation between the sum of the chordal net forces, sigma[Fc - FT]S, and OLA with regression coefficient (minimum - maximum) beta = -115 to -65 [mm2/N]; p < 0.001 and RF (beta = -0.06 to -0.01 [%/N]; p < 0.001). Increasing FT by papillary muscle malalignment restricted leaflet mobility, resulting in a tented leaflet configuration due to an apical and posterior shift of the coaptation line. Anterior leaflet coapting forces increased due to mitral leaflet remodeling, which generated a nonuniform regurgitant orifice area. CONCLUSIONS: Altered chordal force distribution caused functional mitral regurgitation based on tented leaflet configuration as observed clinically.  (+info)

(2/118) Ten-year experience of chordal replacement with expanded polytetrafluoroethylene in mitral valve repair.

BACKGROUND: Mitral valve repair is the procedure of choice to correct mitral regurgitation (MR). Although chordal replacement with expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) has been widely accepted to repair anterior mitral prolapse and other difficult situations, the long-term results of the repair and the fate of ePTFE have not been delineated. METHODS AND RESULTS: From July 1988 to April 1999, 74 patients (49 males, 25 females) aged 17 to 77 years (mean age 55. 3+/-14.8 years) underwent mitral valve repair with chordal replacement with ePTFE. The follow-up period was from 6 months to 11. 3 years (mean 4.6+/-3.2 years). The causes of MR were degenerative in 65 patients (88%) and infective in 9 (12%). Three patients had active infective endocarditis. Valve lesions were anterior in 35 patients, posterior in 10, and both anterior and posterior in 29. Various procedures for plasty of leaflets were necessary in 37 patients (50%). Atrial fibrillation was associated in 38 patients (51%), and the maze procedure has been performed in a selected group of 30 patients (41%) since July 1992. There was 1 in-hospital death (1.4%) and 3 late cardiac deaths (4.1%). More than moderate MR developed in 12 patients (17%) during the follow-up period. Three of these patients required early reoperation within 1 year due to hemolysis. Two patients underwent mitral valve replacement at 6 and 8 years after repair, respectively. The actuarial reoperation-free rates at 5 and 10 years were 94.3+/-2.8% and 81.7+/-9.1%, respectively. Sinus rhythm was restored in 21 patients (70%) with the maze procedure. There was only 1 thromboembolic episode (0. 3%/patient-y) in a patient with atrial fibrillation who did not undergo the maze procedure. Event-free survival rates as assessed by the freedom from cardiac death, thromboembolism, reoperation, and anticoagulation-related hemorrhage at 5 and 10 years were 91.3+/-3. 4% and 71.6+/-9.7%, respectively. There was no relationship between recurrent MR and the change of ePTFE. Structural analysis of the ePTFE resected during reoperation revealed no calcification and showed remaining flexibility and pliability. Protein infiltration was observed in the ePTFE, and collagenous proliferation was recognized at the site of fixation to the valve leaflet and the papillary muscle. The surface of the ePTFE was completely endothelialized, which may induce antithrombogenicity. CONCLUSIONS: The long-term durability and biological adaptation of ePTFE as artificial chordae for mitral valve repair of MR were proved for >10 years.  (+info)

(3/118) Mitral valve repair in a predominantly rheumatic population. Long-term results.

Valve repair in rheumatic patients poses special problems due to valve deformity and mixed lesions. We present our experience from January 1988 through June 1999, in this retrospective study of 818 patients (377 males). The mean age was 22.8 +/- 11.3 years (range, 2 to 70 years). The cause of mitral regurgitation was rheumatic in 718 (88%) patients, congenital in 51, myxomatous in 34, infective in 7, and ischemic in 8. Most patients (64%) were in New York Heart Association functional class III or IV. Congestive heart failure was present in 116 patients (14%). Reparative procedures included posterior collar annuloplasty (n=710), commissurotomy (n=482), cusp-level chordal shortening (n=237), cusp thinning (n=222), cleft suture (n= 166), and cusp excision/plication (n=42). Operative mortality was 4% (32 patients). Preoperative left ventricular dysfunction, presence of congestive heart failure, and advanced functional class were associated with greater mortality. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 144 months (mean, 44.9 +/- 33.2 months) and was 96% complete. Most survivors (70%) had no or trivial mitral regurgitation. Forty patients required reoperation for valve dysfunction. There were 23 (2.8%) late deaths. Actuarial, reoperation-free, and event-free survival at 11 years were 92.6% +/- 1.0%, 65.0% +/- 10%, and 38% +/- 6.0%, respectively Among the survivors, 85% were in New York Heart Association functional class I. We conclude that mitral valve repair in rheumatic patients, using current techniques, can effectively correct hemodynamic and functional abnormalities with satisfactory results.  (+info)

(4/118) Anterior chordal transection impairs not only regional left ventricular function but also regional right ventricular function in mitral regurgitation.

BACKGROUND: Preservation of annuloventricular continuity through the chordae tendinae aims to maintain left ventricular (LV) function and thus improve postoperative prognosis. This study was designed to prospectively investigate the effect of anterior chordal transection on global and regional LV and right ventricular (RV) function in mitral regurgitation (MR). METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-five patients with severe MR underwent radionuclide angiography before and after either mitral valve (MV) repair (42 patients) or replacement with anterior chordal transection (23 patients). LV and RV ejection fractions (EF) were determined at rest. Both ventricles were divided into 9 regions to analyze regional EF and the effect of anteromedial translation related to surgery. After surgery there was a significant decrease in LVEF (P=0.038) and an increase in RVEF (P=0.036). However, LVEF did not change after MV repair (63.8+/-9.9% to 62.6+/-10.3%), whereas RVEF improved (40.7+/-10.1% to 44.5+/-8.1%, P=0.027). In contrast, LVEF decreased after MV replacement (61.7+/-10.1% to 57.2+/-9.9%, P=0.03), and RVEF was unchanged (40.9+/-10.9% to 41.3+/-9.1%). LVEF 4 and 5, in the area of anterior papillary muscle insertion, were impaired after MV replacement compared with MV repair (region 4, 77.6+/-16.7% versus 87.7+/-10.8%, P=0.005, and region 5, 73.9+/-19.3% versus 89.9+/-13.1%, P<0.001). Moreover, anterior chordal transection led to a significant impairment in the apicoseptal region of the RV (RVEF 4, 50.3+/-15.6% versus 59.3+/-13.8%, P=0.02). CONCLUSIONS: Anterior chordal transection during MV replacement for MR impairs not only regional LV function but also regional RV function.  (+info)

(5/118) Chordal cutting: a new therapeutic approach for ischemic mitral regurgitation.

BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation (MR) conveys adverse prognosis in ischemic heart disease. Because such MR is related to increased leaflet tethering by displaced attachments to the papillary muscles (PMs), it is incompletely treated by annular reduction. We therefore addressed the hypothesis that such MR can be reduced by cutting a limited number of critically positioned chordae to the leaflet base that most restrict closure but are not required to prevent prolapse. This was tested in 8 mitral valves: a porcine in vitro pilot with PM displacement and 7 sheep with acute inferobasal infarcts studied in vivo with three-dimensional (3D) echo to quantify MR in relation to 3D valve geometry. METHODS AND RESULTS: In all 8 valves, PM displacement restricted leaflet closure, with anterior leaflet angulation at the basal chord insertion, and mild-to-moderate MR. Cutting the 2 central basal chordae reversed this without prolapse. In vivo, MR increased from 0.8+/-0.2 to 7.1+/-0.5 mL/beat after infarction and then decreased to 0.9+/-0.1 mL/beat with chordal cutting (P<0.0001); this paralleled changes in the 3D leaflet area required to cover the orifice as dictated by chordal tethering (r(2)=0.76). CONCLUSIONS: Cutting a minimum number of basal chordae can improve coaptation and reduce ischemic MR. Such an approach also suggests the potential for future minimally invasive implementation.  (+info)

(6/118) Transaortic double valve replacement with total chordal preservation.

Very few cases of transaortic double valve replacement have been reported in the literature. A 26-year-old man presented to us with severe aortic regurgitation, mitral valve thickening, and mild mitral regurgitation 6 years after he had undergone a Ross procedure and open mitral commissurotomy. At his 2nd operation, he underwent transaortic double valve replacement with total chordal preservation of the mitral apparatus. Due to recurrent rheumatic activity, this patient had experienced a recurrence of valvulopathy Because we have observed this in other young patients with rheumatic heart disease, we no longer perform the Ross procedure in such patients, especially if there is associated mitral valve disease. In selected patients with dilated aortic annulus, the transaortic approach provides excellent access for safe mitral valve replacement with total chordal preservation. The surgical technique and a brief review of the literature are presented.  (+info)

(7/118) Papillary fibroelastoma of the tricuspid valve chordae with a review of the literature.

Endothelial papillary fibroelastomas represent a rare entity in cardiac pathology that at times may be associated with embolisation, angina, and sudden death. We report on a case of a 46-year-old woman with a papillary fibroelastoma originating on the chordae of the tricuspid valve. The tumour was discovered incidentally using transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography. The patient had an uneventful recovery and remained free of symptoms after six months.  (+info)

(8/118) Anterior mitral leaflet mobility is limited by the basal stay chords.

BACKGROUND: We hypothesize that 2 tendon-like anterior basal stay chords, which remain taut during the entire cardiac cycle, limit the motion of the anterior mitral leaflet. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sonomicrometric crystals were implanted in 6 sheep at the insertion of stay chords at anterior mitral leaflet (S1 and S2), papillary muscle tips, fibrous trigones, mitral annulus, and the tip of the anterior leaflet (AL). Distances between crystals were recorded before and after section of stay chords. During the cardiac cycle, the angle alpha between mitral annulus and AL changed by +54.2+/-12.4 degrees; the angles between mitral annulus and S1 (beta1) changed by +25.7+/-14.6 degrees, and between mitral annulus and S2 (beta2) by +20.4+/-7.8 degrees. During diastole, AL twice crossed the virtual plane formed by the stay chords: during E-wave by a maximum of 6.5 mm (mean, 2.5+/-2.2 mm) and during A-wave by a maximum of 3.2 mm (mean, 1.7+/-0.9 mm). After section of both stay chords, total anterior mitral leaflet motion increased as follows: AL, +6.9+/-3.4 degrees; S1, +13.1+/-4.4 degrees; and S2, +30.9+/-11.7 degrees (P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Although the lateral movement of anterior mitral leaflet is limited by stay chords, the midportion moves unimpaired toward the septum, like a sail, between the 2 stay chords during diastole. A diastolic left ventricular-inflow and systolic left ventricular-outflow funnel mechanism is created. Stay chord section increased lateral anterior mitral leaflet movement.  (+info)