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Assessment of effective orifice area of prosthetic aortic valves with Doppler echocardiography: An in vivo and in vitro study
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Physiological Measurements.
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2001 (English)In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, ISSN 0022-5223, Vol. 122, no 2, 287-295 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: We sought to evaluate the Doppler assessment of effective orifice area in aortic prosthetic valves. The effective orifice area is a less flow-dependent parameter than Doppler gradients that is used to assess prosthetic valve function. However, in vivo reference values show a pronounced spread of effective orifice area and smaller orifices than expected compared with the geometric area. Methods: Using Doppler echocardiography, we studied patients who received a bileaflet St Jude Medical valve (n = 75, St Jude Medical, Inc, St Paul, Minn) or a tilting disc Omnicarbon valve (n = 46, Medical CV, Incorporated, Inver Grove Heights, Minn). The prosthetic valves were also investigated in vitro in a steady flow model with Doppler and catheter measurements in the different orifices. The effective orifice area was calculated according to the continuity equation. Results: In vivo, there was a wide distribution with the coefficient of variation (SD/mean ╫ 100%) for different valve sizes ranging from 21% to 39% in the St Jude Medical valve and from 25% to 33% in the Omnicarbon valve. The differences between geometric orifice area and effective orifice area in vitro were 1.26 ▒ 0.41 cm2 for St Jude Medical and 1.17 ▒ 0.38 cm2 for Omnicarbon valves. The overall effective orifice areas and peak catheter gradients were similar: 1.35 ▒ 0.37 cm2 and 25.9 ▒ 16.1 mm Hg for St Jude Medical and 1.46 ▒ 0.49 cm2 and 24.6 ▒ 17.7 mm Hg for Omnicarbon. However, in St Jude Medical valves, more pressure was recovered downstream, 11.6 ▒ 6.3 mm Hg versus 3.4 ▒ 1.6 mm Hg in Omnicarbon valves (P = .0001). Conclusions: In the patients, we found a pronounced spread of effective orifice areas, which can be explained by measurement errors or true biologic variations. The in vitro effective orifice area was small compared with the geometric orifice area, and we suspect that nonuniformity in the spatial velocity profile causes underestimation. The St Jude Medical and Omnicarbon valves showed similar peak catheter gradients and effective orifice areas in vitro, but more pressure was recovered in the St Jude Medical valve. The effective orifice area can therefore be misleading in the assessment of prosthetic valve performance when bileaflet and tilting disc valves are compared.

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2001. Vol. 122, no 2, 287-295 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26692DOI: 10.1067/mtc.2001.115161Local ID: 11280OAI: diva2:247242
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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