Researchers find structural heart valve differences associated with greater tricuspid regurgitation

Using 3D imaging, researchers in the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have found that patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) experiencing moderate to severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR) have structural differences in their tricuspid valve. However, these structural differences vary across patients with TR, suggesting that a patient-specific approach to surgery—driven by high-quality imaging of the patient’s heart anatomy—will lead to the best outcomes. The findings were published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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