Shuning Huang1, Choukri Mekkaoui1, Miloslav Polasek1, Howard H. Chen1, Ruopeng Wang1, Soeun Ngoy2, Ronglih Liao2, Van J. Wedeen1, Guangping Dai1, Peter Caravan1, David E. Sosnovik1,3
1Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Mass General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, USA; 2Cardiology, Brigham & Woman's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; 3Cardiology, Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
The transition from adaptive hypertrophy to heart failure is poorly understood. Here, we use molecular MRI of a collagen-binding gadolinium chelate and in-vivo diffusion tensor MRI (DTI) of the mouse heart to characterize the response of the left ventricle to pressure overload. We show that pressure overload results in significant amounts of fibrosis and circumferential realignment of myofibers well before the overt transition to diastolic heart failure.