Leuven Meeting on Myocardial Function Imaging 2024

The annual Leuven Meeting on Myocardial Function Imaging is an interactive state-of-the-art symposium focussing on clinical and pre-clinical research in myocardial function imaging. ProCardio Center for Innovation was represented by two speakers from the study group at Oslo University Hospital, giving talks on the topics of arrhythmic mitral valve prolapse and high frame rate echocardiography.

Published 5/5/2024
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This year’s meeting was hosted as a hybrid event with on-site attendance at KU Leuven in Belgium as well as interactive participation for on-line attendees. The meeting took place at February 8th-9th 2024 where the main topics were high frame rate imaging, artificial intelligence and machine learning, imaging in arrhythmias, diastolic function, heart failure, cardiac pacing and resynchronization therapy and strain imaging.

Arrhythmic mitral valve prolapse - latest results

Nina Hasselberg (MD, PhD) gave her presentation titled Arrhythmic mitral valve prolapse - Latest Results in the session on imaging in arrhythmias. Patients with arrhythmic mitral valve prolapse (AMVP) have  ventricular arrhythmias in addition to valve disease, making them at risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. AMVP has been a focus area at Procardio Center for Innovation and Dr. Hasselberg presented the latest results from the research group. Additionally, she presented studies showing the potential of myocardial function imaging in arrhythmia risk stratification of these patients. She finalized her talk by introducing ProCardio’s onging randomized controlled trial on the effect of flecainide in addition to standard beta-blocker therapy  in AMVP (FLECAPRO), which evoked discussions from the audience.

Mechanical Wave Imaging in Acute Coronary Syndrome

Kristoffer Andresen (MD) gave his presentation titled Mechanical Wave Imaging in Acute Coronary Syndrome in the session on high frame rate imaging. In this presentation, the results of a study investigating the feasibility of imaging intrinsic mechanical waves in the left ventricle of patients with acute coronary syndrome and its potential for detecting myocardial dysfunction was presented. The application of mechanical waves in cardiac imaging is at a pre-clinical stage and is currently being investigated in several research projects at ProCardio.