4-D blood flow in the human right ventricle
2011 (English)In: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology, ISSN 0363-6135, E-ISSN 1522-1539, Vol. 301, no 6, H2344-H2350 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Right ventricular (RV) function is a powerful prognostic indicator in many forms of heart disease, but its assessment remains challenging and inexact. RV dysfunction may alter the normal patterns of RV blood flow, but those patterns have been incompletely characterized. We hypothesized that, based on anatomic differences, the proportions and energetics of RV flow components would differ from those identified in the left ventricle (LV) and that the portion of the RV inflow passing directly to outflow (Direct Flow) would be prepared for effective systolic ejection as a result of preserved kinetic energy (KE) compared with other RV flow components. Three-dimensional, time-resolved phase-contrast velocity, and balanced steady-state free-precession morphological data were acquired in 10 healthy subjects using MRI. A previously validated method was used to separate the RV and LV end-diastolic volumes into four flow components and measure their volume and KE over the cardiac cycle. The RV Direct Flow: 1) followed a smoothly curving route that did not extend into the apical region of the ventricle; 2) had a larger volume and possessed a larger presystolic KE (0.4 +/- 0.3 mJ) than the other flow components (P andlt; 0.001 and P andlt; 0.01, respectively); and 3) represented a larger part of the end-diastolic blood volume compared with the LV Direct Flow (P andlt; 0.01). These findings suggest that diastolic flow patterns distinct to the normal RV create favorable conditions for ensuing systolic ejection of the Direct Flow component. These flow-specific aspects of RV diastolic-systolic coupling provide novel perspectives on RV physiology and may add to the understanding of RV pathophysiology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Physiological Society , 2011. Vol. 301, no 6, H2344-H2350 p.
cardiac disease, interventricular function, kinetic energy, phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging, pump physiology
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74161DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00622.2011ISI: 000298325200020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-74161DiVA: diva2:480849
Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council||Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation||Emil and Wera Cornell Foundation||2012-01-202012-01-202013-12-17