Echocardiographic anatomy of the mitral valve

Francesco Fulvio Faletra, Gaetano Nucifora, Sien Yen Ho

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The mitral valve regulates blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle without a significant gradient during diastole and without regurgitation during systole. In 1972 Perloff and Roberts appropriately described the mitral valve as a complex structure formed of numerous structures such as the mitral annulus, valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, papillary muscles and the underlying ventricular myocardium [1]. In their excellent review the authors explained that only reciprocal interaction between all components would enable normal function of the valve as a whole. In this chapter we shall describe the normal anatomy of the mitral valve apparatus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEchocardiography in Mitral Valve Disease
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia s.r.l.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9788847054356
ISBN (Print)8847054346, 9788847054349
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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