Usefulness of left atrial reservoir size and left ventricular untwisting rate for predicting outcome in primary mitral regurgitation

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Aurora Cardiovascular Services, Aurora Sinai/Aurora St. Luke's Medical Centers


The present study proposed to evaluate whether analysis of cardiac mechanics through speckle-tracking imaging is useful for risk stratification in asymptomatic patients with chronic primary mitral regurgitation (MR). We prospectively enrolled 67 patients (mean age 57 ± 18 years) and followed them over time. MR was mild in 20 patients (30%), moderate in 24 (36%), and severe in 23 (34%). After a mean time of 24.8 ± 17 months, 34 patients (51%) remained asymptomatic, whereas 33 (49%) developed events (19 underwent mitral valve surgery, 9 required hospitalization for acute heart failure, and 5 patients died). Compared to asymptomatic patients, those with events at baseline showed more severe MR, larger and spherical ventricles, diastolic dysfunction, and greater systolic pulmonary arterial pressure. Moreover, patients with events had decreased left atrial (LA) reservoir (p

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