Collagen mechanics: a rationale for radiofrequency energy to treat mitral regurgitaton.

Abstract

Despite a variety of pharmacological interventions to limit the regurgitant fraction, mitral regurgitation requires surgical intervention for definitive treatment. New nonsurgical techniques are being applied to treat mitral regurgitation. The mitral and tricuspid annuli are areas of dense collagen. Application of heat, in the form of radiofrequency energy, can be used to shrink mitral valve annuli and offers a promising approach to the treatment of mitral regurgitation.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8183.2009.00428.x

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@article{Murarka2009CollagenMA, title={Collagen mechanics: a rationale for radiofrequency energy to treat mitral regurgitaton.}, author={Shishir Murarka and Thomas Witzel and Duane Dickens and Patricia A Takeda and Richard Heuser}, journal={Journal of interventional cardiology}, year={2009}, volume={22 2}, pages={184-90} }