Functional mitral regurgitation: modern concepts for ventricular geometry reshaping

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Abstract

Functional mitral valve regurgitation (MR), a condition affecting millions of primarily elderly patients worldwide, is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Functional MR has traditionally been considered a disorder of regional or global left ventricular (LV) remodeling secondary to myocardial disease, in which anatomically normal leaflets fail to coapt adequately. The primary mechanisms of MR are mitral annular dilatation and leaflet restriction secondary to LV remodeling. Although annuloplasty is commonly used to correct valve incompetence, the effects of altered ventricular mechanics on MR need to be specifically addressed. This review focuses on current concepts of geometric reconfiguration of the LV and mitral–ventricular apparatus to reduce MR.

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