Development of a new animal model of chronic mitral regurgitation in rats under transesophageal echocardiographic guidance

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Abstract

Large animal models (dog and sheep) are often used for the investigation of the pathophysiology of chronic mitral regurgitation (MR). A major limitation of large animal models is cost. The aim of this study was to develop a new animal model of chronic MR. Left thoracotomy was performed in 34 rats. Under the guidance of transesophageal echocardiography, a fine needle was inserted into the left ventricle (LV) to damage the mitral leaflets and produce MR. Serial transthoracic echocardiography was performed to assess LV remodeling and function. Left atrial and LV diameters were significantly larger, and LV fractional shortening was lower in the MR group than in the sham group. The 150-day survival was 59% in the MR group and 100% in the sham group (P < .01). This new animal model of chronic MR may be used in the study of the pathophysiology of chronic MR and pharmacologic therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-474
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005
EventSixteenth Annual Scientific Sessions - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2005Jun 18 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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