Volume 12 Supplement 1

Abstracts of the 13th Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions - 2010

Open Access

Mitral valve abnormalities identified by cardiovascular magnetic resonance represent a primary phenotypic expression of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • Martin S Maron1,
  • Caitlin Harrigan1,
  • Iacopo Olivotto2,
  • Evan Appelbaum3,
  • C Michael Gibson3,
  • John Lesser4,
  • Tammy Haas4,
  • James Udelson1,
  • Warren Manning3 and
  • Barry Maron4
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance201012(Suppl 1):P187

DOI: 10.1186/1532-429X-12-S1-P187

Published: 21 January 2010

Introduction

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic heart disease characterized by left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy due to mutations in 11 genes encoding proteins of the sarcomere. Whether a primary abnormality of the mitral valve is part of this disease process is unresolved.

Purpose

We have applied cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) with its high spatial and temporal resolution, to characterize mitral valve morphology in a large HCM population.

Methods

Cine CMR images were obtained in 224 HCM subjects (42 ± 18 years; 71% male) and 70 normal control subjects (41 ± 17 years; 69% male). ECG-gated, breath-hold cines were obtained in the 3-chamber cine view (3CV) and in contiguous 10 mm thick short-axis slices achieving complete coverage of the LV. Anterior mitral leaflet (AML) and posterior mitral leaflet (PML) lengths were manually measured at end-diastole in the 3CV when the leaflets were fully extended parallel to the anterior septum and anterolateral wall.

Results

The AML and PML lengths were greater in HCM patients compared to controls (26 ± 4 mm vs. 20 ± 4 mm; P < 0.001 and 14 ± 4 mm vs. 11 ± 3 mm; P < 0.001, respectively), including 24 (10%) with substantially increased AML length of ≥32 mm (≥3 SD above control). AML and PML lengths measured in vivo by CMR did not differ significantly from that previously reported valves removed at surgery or postmortem (p = NS).

Although AML length was longer in male patients (26 ± 4 mm vs. 25 ± 4 mm in females, p = 0.04) there was no difference with respect to age, so that HCM patients ≤16 years of age had similar leaflet lengths to those ≥65 years (23 ± 5 mm vs. 26 ± 3 mm; p = 0.05). In addition, there was no difference in AML length in HCM patients with or without LV outflow obstruction (27 ± 4 vs. 26 ± 5 mm; p = 0.10), nor between AML length and maximum LV wall thickness (R = 0.11; p = 0.09) or total LV mass (R = 0.72; p = 0.3). Specifically, in HCM patients with only limited hypertrophy (13-19 mm), 31 patients (14%) had AML lengths which were greatly increased (≥2 SD above controls).

Conclusion

CMR provides an accurate in vivo assessment of mitral valve leaflets lengths, which are increased in HCM patients, unrelated to other clinical and demographic variables, including age and magnitude of LV hypertrophy. These findings suggest that in addition to LV hypertrophy, enlargement of the mitral valve is likely part of the primary phenotypic expression of HCM.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Tufts Medical Center
(2)
Azienda Ospedadiera Unversiteria Careggi
(3)
Beth Israel Deaconess medical center
(4)
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Copyright

© Maron et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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