First Experimental Evaluation of Cardiac Apex Rotation with an Epicardial Coriolis Force Sensor


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Abstract

Cardiac apex rotation, quantified by sophisticated techniques (radiopaque markers and tagged magnetic resonance), has been shown to provide a sensitive index of left ventricle (LV) dynamics. The authors describe the first experimental assessment of cardiac apex rotation using a gyroscopic sensor based on Coriolis force, epicardially glued on the apex. Dynamics of apex rotation were evaluated in a sheep at baseline, after a positive inotropic drug infusion, and after impairment of cardiac function induced by coronary ligation. To evaluate the efficacy of the sensor to monitor cardiac function, results were compared to contractility variations expressed by the maximum value of the first derivative of LV pressure (LVdP/dtMAX). After inotropic drug infusion, a parallel increasing trend resulted for LVdP/dtMAX, for the maximum value of angular velocity measured by the sensor, and for apex rotation angle derived from velocity signal (+146%, +155%, and +11% from baseline, respectively), whereas a decreasing trend of all three parameters resulted after coronary ligation (–35%, –31%, and –65%). The twist pattern also was altered from baseline. These initial results suggest that the use of an implantable rotation sensor based on Coriolis force can be an efficient and effective tool to assess LV torsional deformation both in normal and failing hearts.

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