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BACKGROUND Valve dysfunction is a common cardiovascular pathology. Despite significant clinical research, there is little formal study of how valve dysfunction affects overall circulatory dynamics. Validated models would offer the ability to better understand these dynamics and thus optimize diagnosis, as well as surgical and other interventions. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The end-systolic pressure-volume relationship is often considered as a load-independent property of the heart and, for this reason, is widely used as an index of ventricular contractility. However, many criticisms have been expressed against this index and the underlying time-varying elastance theory: first, it does not consider the phenomena(More)
During a full cardiac cycle, the left atrium successively behaves as a reservoir, a conduit and a pump. This complex behavior makes it unrealistic to apply the time-varying elastance theory to characterize the left atrium, first, because this theory has known limitations, and second, because it is still uncertain whether the load independence hypothesis(More)
Located between the left atrium and the left ventricle, the mitral valve controls flow between these two cardiac chambers. Mitral valve dysfunction is a major cause of cardiac dysfunction and its dynamics are little known. A simple non-linear rotational spring model is developed and implemented to capture the dynamics of the mitral valve. A measured(More)
SUMMARY This research presents a new closed-loop cardiovascular system model including a description of the progressive opening and closing dynamic of the mitral valve. Furthermore, this model includes a mathematical description of the left atrium. This new CVS model enables the study of valve dysfunction in the appropriate clinical context of the overall(More)
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