A High-Fidelity and Micro-anatomically Accurate 3D Finite Element Model for Simulations of Functional Mitral Valve
Promising mitral valve (MV) repair concepts include leaflet augmentation and saddle shaped annuloplasty, and recent long-term studies have indicated that excessive tissue stress and the resulting strain-induced tissue failure are important etiologic factors leading to the recurrence of significant MR after repair. In the present work, we are aiming at developing a high-fidelity computational framework, incorporating detailed collagen fiber architecture, accurate constitutive models for soft valve tissues, and micro-anatomically accurate valvular geometry, for simulations of functional mitral valves which allows us to investigate the organ-level mechanical responses due to physiological loadings. This computational tools also provides a means, with some extension in the future, to help the understanding of the connection between the repair-induced altered stresses/strains and valve functions, and ultimately to aid in the optimal design of MV repair procedure with better performance and durability.
KeywordsMitral Valve Mitral Regurgitation Important Etiologic Factor Mitral Valve Apparatus Small Angle Light Scattering
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