A 2D FE model of the heart demonstrates the role of the pericardium in ventricular deformation
ABSTRACT During pulmonary artery constriction (PAC), an experimental model of acute right ventricular (RV) pressure overload, the interventricular septum flattens and inverts. Finite element (FE) analysis has shown that the septum is subject to axial compression and bending when so deformed. This study examines the effects of acute PAC on the left ventricular (LV) free wall and the role the pericardium may play in these effects. In eight open-chest anesthetized dogs, LV, RV, aortic, and pericardial pressures were recorded under control conditions and with PAC. Model dimensions were derived from two-dimensional echocardiography minor-axis images of the heart. At control (pericardium closed), FE analysis showed that the septum was concave to the LV; stresses in the LV, RV, and septum were low; and the pericardium was subject to circumferential tension. With PAC, RV end-diastolic pressure exceeded LV pressure and the septum inverted. Compressive stresses developed circumferentially in the septum out to the RV insertion points, forming an arch-like pattern. Sharp bending occurred near the insertion points, accompanied by flattening of the LV free wall. With the pericardium open, the deformations and stresses were different. The RV became much larger, especially with PAC. With PAC, the arch-like circumferential stresses still developed in the septum, but their magnitudes were reduced, compared with the pericardium-closed case. There was no free wall inversion and flattening was less. From these FE results, the pericardium has a significant influence on the structural behavior of the septum and the LV and RV free walls. Furthermore, the deformation of the heart is dependent on whether the pericardium is open or closed.
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ABSTRACT: Pericardial fluid (PF) is often considered to be reflection of the serum by which information regarding the physiological status of the heart can be obtained. Some local and systemic disorders may perturb the balance between synthesis and discharge of PF and may cause its aberrant accumulation in the pericardial cavity as pericardial effusion (PE). PE may then lead to an increased intrapericardial pressure from which the heart function is undesirably affected. For some cases, the causes for the perturbance of fluid balance are well understood, but in some other cases, they are not apparent. It may, thus, be helpful to understand the molecular mechanisms behind this troublesome condition to elucidate a clinical approach for therapeutic uses. In this study, protein profiles of PEs from idiopathic pericarditis patients were analyzed. Control samples from patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery (ECS) were included for comparison. In addition to high abundant serum-originated proteins that may not hold significance for understanding the molecular mechanisms behind this disease, omentin-1 was identified and its level was higher for more than two-fold in PE of IP patients. Increased levels of omentin-1 in PE may open a way for understanding the molecular mechanisms behind idiopathic pericarditis (IP).04/2014; 2014:942718. DOI:10.1155/2014/942718
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ABSTRACT: We present a computationally efficient three-dimensional bidomain model of torso-embedded whole heart electrical activity, with spontaneous initiation of activation in the sinoatrial node, incorporating a specialized conduction system with heterogeneous action potential morphologies throughout the heart. The simplified geometry incorporates the whole heart as a volume source, with heart cavities, lungs, and torso as passive volume conductors. We placed four surface electrodes at the limbs of the torso: V R , V L , V F and V GND and six electrodes on the chest to simulate the Einthoven, Goldberger-augmented and precordial leads of a standard 12-lead system. By placing additional seven electrodes at the appropriate torso positions, we were also able to calculate the vectorcardiogram of the Frank lead system. Themodel was able to simulate realistic electrocardiogram (ECG) morphologies for the 12 standard leads, orthogonal X, Y, and Z leads, as well as the vectorcardiogram under normal and pathological heart states. Thus, simplified and easy replicable 3D cardiac bidomain model offers a compromise between computational load and model complexity and can be used as an investigative tool to adjust cell, tissue, and whole heart properties, such as setting ischemic lesions or regions of myocardial infarction, to readily investigate their effects on whole ECG morphology.Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine 04/2013; 2013:134208. DOI:10.1155/2013/134208 · 1.02 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This study describes an anatomically realistic 3D bidomain model of whole-heart electrical activity. The heart was embedded in a human torso, incorporating spontaneous activation of the sinoatrial node and including conduction through the specialized conduction pathways with heterogeneous action potential (AP) morphologies throughout the heart. The model was able to generate realistic ECG waveforms, and is proposed as a useful tool for investigating the effects of altered myocardial electrical properties on the ECG.Computing in Cardiology Conference (CinC), 2013; 01/2013