A new metric for Heart function - Mitral jet penetration int
In research reported in the International Journal of Cardiology this month, scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Ohio State presented a new method for predicting those most at risk for thrombus, or blood clots, in the heart.

The critical factor, the researchers found, is the degree to which the mitral jet - a stream of blood shot through the mitral valve - penetrates into the left ventricle of the heart. If the jet doesn't travel deep enough into the ventricle, it can prevent the heart from properly flushing blood from the chamber, potentially leading to clots, strokes and other dangerous consequences. The findings were based on simulations performed using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and validated using data from patients who both did and did not experience post-heart attack blood clots. The work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uota-pbc013017.php
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