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Coron Artery Dis. 1995 Sep;6(9):723-9.

Regional diastolic wall motion dynamics in anterior myocardial infarction: analysis and quantification with magnetic resonance imaging.

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Department of Cardiology, Academic Hospital VUB, Brussels, Belgium.



Regional variability in systolic and diastolic cardiac function occurs in most cardiac disorders. The influence of this regional functional heterogeneity on global function is not well understood and is difficult to study with the common imaging modalities.


A midventricular short axis slice of the left ventricle was obtained with ECG-triggered magnetic resonance imaging in eight infarct patients and 10 control volunteers. The variation in wall thickness and slice cavity volume during the cycle was studied using the centreline method.


The peak filling rate was significantly decreased in the infarct group (96 versus 58 cm3/s, P < 0.005). In addition, a small contribution of other parameters, such as the time to end systole, the isovolumic relaxation time, and the duration and extent of early filling, was also shown by linear discriminant analysis. Analysis of the regional parameters demonstrated an increased asynchronicity of contraction (64 versus 37 ms, P < 0.01) as well as relaxation (88 versus 51 ms, P < 0.01) in patients with myocardial infarction. On comparison of the anterior (infarcted) and inferior (non-infarcted) parts of the left ventricle, the difference was present only in the infarct region.


Magnetic resonance imaging of the heart allows evaluation of the relationship between regional differences in wall motion dynamics and global parameters of diastolic function in infarct patients.

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