Transmural gradients of cardiac myofiber shortening in aortic valve stenosis patients using MRI tagging.

Aortic valve stenosis impairs subendocardial perfusion with a risk of irreversible subendocardial tissue damage. A likely precursor of damage is subendocardial contractile dysfunction, expressed by the parameter TransDif, which is defined as epicardial minus endocardial myofiber shortening, normalized to the mean value. With the use of magnetic resonance… (More)