Pulmonary venous flow measured by pulsed-wave Doppler transesophageal echocardiography reflects the effects of mitral regurgitation on left atrial pressure contour. To assess the relationship between pulmonary venous flow and left atrial pressure in patients with mitral regurgitation under altered loading conditions, we studied 25 patients with 3+ or 4+ mitral regurgitation and a control group by measuring pulmonary venous flow with transesophageal echocardiography and left atrial pressures after administering saline solution (n = 6), nitroglycerin (n = 6), phenylephrine (n = 6), or nitroprusside (n = 7). After administration, the left atrial pressure v wave increased in the group given phenylephrine, concomitant with an increased diastolic flow. In contrast, the left atrial pressure v wave decreased in the group given nitroglycerin, concomitant with a decreased diastolic flow. Changes in diastolic flow were closely related to changes in the left atrial pressure v wave under all loading conditions (r = 0.91; p < 0.0001). Numeric modeling of left atrial pressure and pulmonary venous diastolic flow corroborated the experimental findings. We conclude that changes in pulmonary venous diastolic flow are closely related to changes in the left atrial pressure v wave in mitral regurgitation, under altered loading conditions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine