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Fluid–Structure Interaction and In Vitro Analysis of a Real Bileaflet Mitral Prosthetic Valve to Gain Insight Into Doppler-Silent Thrombosis

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Annalisa Dimasi

Department of Electronics,
Information and Bioengineering,
Politecnico di Milano,
Via Golgi 39,
Milan 20133, Italy

Daniela Piloni, Emiliano Votta

Department of Electronics,
Information and Bioengineering,
Politecnico di Milano,
Via Golgi 39,
Milan 20133, Italy

Laura Spreafico, Riccardo Vismara, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore, Masoud Meskin

Department of Electronics,
Information and Bioengineering,
Politecnico di Milano,
Via Golgi 39,
Milan 20133, Italy

Laura Fusini, Manuela Muratori, Piero Montorsi, Mauro Pepi

Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS,
Via Carlo Parea 4,
Milan 20138, Italy

Alberto Redaelli

Department of Electronics,
Information and Bioengineering,
Politecnico di Milano,
Via Golgi 39,
Milan 20133, Italy
e-mail: alberto.redaelli@polimi.it

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received January 31, 2018; final manuscript received April 24, 2019; published online July 11, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Giuseppe Vairo.

J Biomech Eng 141(10), 101002 (Jul 11, 2019) (9 pages) Paper No: BIO-18-1058; doi: 10.1115/1.4043664 History: Received January 31, 2018; Revised April 24, 2019

Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) is a serious complication affecting prosthetic heart valves. The transvalvular mean pressure gradient (MPG) derived by Doppler echocardiography is a crucial index to diagnose PVT but may result in false negatives mainly in case of bileaflet mechanical valves (BMVs) in mitral position. This may happen because MPG estimation relies on simplifying assumptions on the transvalvular fluid dynamics or because Doppler examination is manual and operator dependent. A deeper understanding of these issues may allow for improving PVT diagnosis and management. To this aim, we used in vitro and fluid–structure interaction (FSI) modeling to simulate the function of a real mitral BMV in different configurations: normally functioning and stenotic with symmetric and completely asymmetric leaflet opening, respectively. In each condition, the MPG was measured in vitro, computed directly from FSI simulations and derived from the corresponding velocity field through a Doppler-like postprocessing approach. Following verification versus in vitro data, MPG computational data were analyzed to test their dependency on the severity of fluid-dynamic derangements and on the measurement site. Computed MPG clearly discriminated between normally functioning and stenotic configurations. They did not depend markedly on the site of measurement, yet differences below 3 mmHg were found between MPG values at the central and lateral orifices of the BMV. This evidence suggests a mild uncertainty of the Doppler-based evaluation of the MPG due to probe positioning, which yet may lead to false negatives when analyzing subjects with almost normal MPG.

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Fig. 1

Top panel: Sorin bicarbon fitline size 25 mm as seen in a 3D view (a), from the ventricle (b), and from two lateral views (c) and (d). Bottom panel: sketch of the three valve configurations considered in the study: (e) well-functioning valve (N60), (f) dysfunctional symmetric stenosis (SS35), and (g) dysfunctional asymmetric stenosis (SA57). For each configuration, the opening angle of the leaflet is shown with respect to the closed configuration (dashed line).

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Fig. 2

Schematic of the experimental setup composed by the systemic impedance simulator (S), the reservoir (R), the programable pump (P), and the test bench (T). Modified from the paper by Vismara et al. [20].

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Fig. 3

Echo-Doppler signal used to derive the time-dependent flow rate used as inlet boundary condition in the FSI simulations

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Fig. 4

3D model of the test bench for the FSI analyses; the different components are indicated

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Fig. 5

Location of the central (C) and lateral (L) scanning volumes (SVs) used to process fluid dynamic data according to the Doppler-like approach in the three models

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Fig. 6

Contours of velocity magnitude (v) obtained during the opening phase (ac) and at peak diastolic flow (d) for the N60 configuration. The 3D geometry of the leaflets is shown.

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Fig. 7

Right panel. Plots of axial velocity profiles along a line crossing the valves as shown in the left panel. Results for the three configurations of valves are reported: (a) N60, (b) SS35, and (c) SA57.

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Fig. 8

Contours of velocity magnitude (v) at peak diastolic flow for the SS35 (left) and SA57 (right) configurations. The 3D geometry of the leaflets is shown. The vertical white bars represent the structural elements used to limit valve rotation in the experimental in vitro tests.

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Fig. 9

Doppler histogram of the SA57 configuration obtained from the numerical simulations



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