4-D MRI May Predict Heart Disease

by User Not Found | Mar 01, 2014
A new imaging technique that measures blood flow in the heart and vessels can identify bicuspid valve disorders, the most common congenital heart disorder, and predict possible complications.

A new imaging technique that measures blood flow in the heart and vessels can identify bicuspid valve disorders, the most common congenital heart disorder, and predict possible complications. In a study published in the February 11th edition of the journal Circulation, the study authors found a previously unrealized link between blood flow changes in the heart that cause aortic disease to aortic valve disorders in the heart.

Senior study author, Dr. Michael Markl, associate professor of radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said, “Blood flow in patients with bicuspid aortic valves was significantly different compared to that in patients with normal valves. We now havxe direct evidence that biscupid valves induce changes in blood flow and that the type of flow abnormality may contribute to the development of different expressions of heart disease in these patients.”

 
 
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