## Abstract

Cardiologists assess the filling (diastolic) function (DF) of the heart by visually determining whether Doppler echocardiographic transmitral E-waves appear to have "normal", "delayed-relaxation" or "constrictive restrictive" patterns. To achieve a causal method of quantitative DF assessment we present a frequency-based approach. In analogy to impedance of electrical circuits, we characterize DF by analysis of the left ventricular (LV) diastolic pressure (P) to transmitral flow (Q) relation during the Doppler E-wave in the frequency domain in terms of Z(ω)=P(ω)/ Q(ω), characteristic and input impedance. This allows DF to be expressed in terms of a complex reflection coefficient R^{*} =|R ^{*}|e^{iφ}. Twenty subjects bad simultaneous pressure-flow data recorded during catheterization, were dichotomized according to deceleration time (DT) and had E-waves subjected to model-based image processing (MBIP) to determine model parameter c, related to E-wave deceleration. Results show that phase angle φ is linearly related to c; that both φ and c were significantly different (p <0.05) between the short (n=12) and long (n=8) DT group. We conclude that the 'delayed relaxation' pattern is associated with deviation of the phase angle φ from its optimal (π) value that minimizes reflection and maximizes filling, resulting in modification of the optimal pressure -flow relation in early diastole.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 3650-3653 |

Number of pages | 4 |

Journal | Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings |

Volume | 26 V |

State | Published - Dec 1 2004 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | Conference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004 - San Francisco, CA, United States Duration: Sep 1 2004 → Sep 5 2004 |

## Keywords

- Cardiac catheterization
- Diastole
- Echocardiography
- Impedance
- Reflection