Left atrial geometry in an ovine ischemic mitral regurgitation model: implications for transcatheter mitral valve replacement devices with a left atrial anchoring mechanism

Akito Imai, Arash Khamooshian, Keitaro Okamoto, Yoshiaki Saito, Inez J. Wijdh-den Hamer, Massimo A. Mariani, Matthew J. Gillespie, Robert C. Gorman, Joseph H. Gorman, Wobbe Bouma*

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    Background: Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) is a challenging, but promising minimally invasive treatment option for patients with mitral valve disease. Depending on the anchoring mechanism, complications such as mitral leaflet or chordal disruption, aortic valve disruption or left ventricular outflow tract obstruction may occur. Supra-annular devices only anchor at the left atrial (LA) level with a low risk of these complications. For development of transcatheter valves based on LA anchoring, animal feasibility studies are required. In this study we sought to describe LA systolic and diastolic geometry in an ovine ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) model using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography in order to facilitate future research focusing on TMVR device development for (I)MR with LA anchoring mechanisms.

    Methods: A group of 10 adult male Dorsett sheep underwent a left lateral thoracotomy. Posterolateral myocardial infarction was created by ligation of the left circumflex coronary artery, the obtuse marginal and diagonal branches. MRI and echocardiography were performed at baseline and 8 weeks after myocardial infarction (MI).

    Results: Six animals survived to 8 weeks follow-up. All animals had grade 2 + or higher IMR 8 weeks post-MI. All LA geometric parameters did not change significantly 8 weeks post-MI compared to baseline. Diastolic and systolic interpapillary muscle distance increased significantly 8 weeks post-MI.

    Conclusions: Systolic and diastolic LA geometry do not change significantly in the presence of grade 2 + or higher IMR 8 weeks post-MI. These findings help facilitate future tailored TMVR device development with LA anchoring mechanisms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number295
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of cardiothoracic surgery
    Publication statusPublished - Dec-2021


    • (Transcatheter) mitral valve replacement ((T)MVR)
    • Ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR)
    • Left atrial anchoring
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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