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See detailModel-Based Computation of Total Stressed Blood Volume from a Preload Reduction Experiment
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

Conference (2014, August)

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which ... [more ▼]

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which is a treatment for cardiac failure. From an engineering point of view, this parameter dictates the cardiovascular system's dynamic behavior. Current methods to determine this parameter involve repeated phases of circulatory arrests followed by fluid administration. In this work, a method is developed to compute stressed blood volume from preload reduction experiments. A simple six-chamber cardiovascular system model is used and its parameters are adjusted to pig experimental data. The parameter adjustment process has three steps: (1) compute nominal values for all model parameters; (2) determine the most sensitive parameters; and (3) adjust only these sensitive parameters. Stressed blood volume was determined sensitive for all datasets, which emphasizes the importance of this parameter. The model was able to track experimental trends with a maximal mean squared error of 11.77 %. Stressed blood volume has been computed to range between 450 and 963 ml, or 15 to 28 ml/kg, which matches previous independent experiments on pigs, dogs and humans. Consequently, the method proposed in this work provides a simple way to compute total stressed blood volume from usual hemodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural identifiability analysis of a cardiovascular system model
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

Conference (2014, August)

A simple experimentally validated cardiovascular system model has been shown to be able to track the evolution of various diseases. The model has previously been made patient-specific by adjustment of its ... [more ▼]

A simple experimentally validated cardiovascular system model has been shown to be able to track the evolution of various diseases. The model has previously been made patient-specific by adjustment of its parameters on the basis of a minimal set of hemodynamic measurements. However, this model has not yet been shown to be structurally identifiable, which means that the adjusted model parameters may not be unique. The model equations were manipulated to show that, from a theoretical point of view, all of their parameters can be exactly retrieved from a restricted set of model outputs. However, this set of model outputs is still too large for a clinical application, because it includes left and right ventricular pressures. Consequently, further hypotheses that determine some model parameter values have to be made for the model to be clinically applicable. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural Identifiability Analysis of a Cardiovascular System Model
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

in Preprints of the 19th World Congress (2014, August)

A simple experimentally validated cardiovascular system model has been shown to be able to track the evolution of various diseases. The model has previously been made patient-specific by adjustment of its ... [more ▼]

A simple experimentally validated cardiovascular system model has been shown to be able to track the evolution of various diseases. The model has previously been made patient-specific by adjustment of its parameters on the basis of a minimal set of hemodynamic measurements. However, this model has not yet been shown to be structurally identifiable, which means that the adjusted model parameters may not be unique. The model equations were manipulated to show that, from a theoretical point of view, all of their parameters can be exactly retrieved from a restricted set of model outputs. However, this set of model outputs is still too large for a clinical application, because it includes left and right ventricular pressures. Consequently, further hypotheses that determine some model parameter values have to be made for the model to be clinically applicable. [less ▲]

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See detailModel-Based Computation of Total Stressed Blood Volume from a Preload Reduction Experiment
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Chase, J. Geofrrey et al

in Preprints of the 19th World Congress (2014, August)

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which ... [more ▼]

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which is a treatment for cardiac failure. From an engineering point of view, this parameter dictates the cardiovascular system’s dynamic behavior. Current methods to determine this parameter involve repeated phases of circulatory arrests followed by fluid administration. In this work, a method is developed to compute stressed blood volume from preload reduction experiments. A simple six-chamber cardiovascular system model is used and its parameters are adjusted to pig experimental data. The parameter adjustment process has three steps: (1) compute nominal values for all model parameters; (2) determine the most sensitive parameters; and (3) adjust only these sensitive parameters. Stressed blood volume was determined sensitive for all datasets, which emphasizes the importance of this parameter. The model was able to track experimental trends with a maximal mean squared error of 11.77 %. Stressed blood volume has been computed to range between 450 and 963 ml, or 15 to 28 ml/kg, which matches previous independent experiments on pigs, dogs and humans. Consequently, the method proposed in this work provides a simple way to compute total stressed blood volume from usual hemodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailSurvey about diffusion and adoption of glycaemic controller in European intensive care units
Penning, Sophie ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

Conference (2014, August)

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See detailSurvey about diffusion and adoption of glycaemic controller in European intensive care units
Penning, Sophie ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

in Proceedings of the 19th IFAC Conference (2014, August)

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See detailEarly detection of abnormal left ventricular relaxation in acute myocardial ischemia with a quadratic model.
MORIMONT, Philippe ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg et al

in Medical engineering & physics (2014)

AIMS: The time constant of left ventricular (LV) relaxation derived from a monoexponential model is widely used as an index of LV relaxation rate, although this model does not reflect the non-uniformity ... [more ▼]

AIMS: The time constant of left ventricular (LV) relaxation derived from a monoexponential model is widely used as an index of LV relaxation rate, although this model does not reflect the non-uniformity of ventricular relaxation. This study investigates whether the relaxation curve can be better fitted with a "quadratic" model than with the "conventional" monoexponential model and if changes in the LV relaxation waveform due to acute myocardial ischemia could be better detected with the quadratic model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Isovolumic relaxation was assessed with quadratic and conventional models during acute myocardial ischemia performed in 6 anesthetized pigs. Mathematical development indicates that one parameter (Tq) of the quadratic model reflects the rate of LV relaxation, while the second parameter (K) modifies the shape of the relaxation curve. Analysis of experimental data obtained in anesthetized pigs showed that the shape of LV relaxation consistently deviates from the conventional monoexponential decay. During the early phase of acute myocardial ischemia, the rate and non-uniformity of LV relaxation, assessed with the quadratic function, were significantly enhanced. Tq increased by 16% (p<0.001) and K increased by 12% (p<0.001) within 30 and 60min, respectively, after left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery occlusion. However, no significant changes were observed with the conventional monoexponential decay within 60min of ischemia. CONCLUSIONS: The quadratic model better fits LV isovolumic relaxation than the monoexponential model and can detect early changes in relaxation due to acute myocardial ischemia that are not detectable with conventional methods. [less ▲]

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See detailCalculez l'âge de vos artères
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Penning, Sophie ULg

Learning material (2013)

Poster présenté lors de la Nuit des Chercheurs, édition 2013. L'activité consistait à calculer la résistance et la compliance (élasticité) des artères des visiteurs, sur base des mesures suivantes ... [more ▼]

Poster présenté lors de la Nuit des Chercheurs, édition 2013. L'activité consistait à calculer la résistance et la compliance (élasticité) des artères des visiteurs, sur base des mesures suivantes : taille, poids, pression artérielle et fréquence cardiaque. [less ▲]

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See detailL'influence de la réforme du contrat d'occupation d'étudiants du 1er janvier 2012 sur les acteurs du monde du travail
Pironet, Antoine ULg

Master's dissertation (2013)

Background: The reform of the law on the student employment contract became effective January 1st 2012. This reform widely affects the way student employment takes place in Belgium. In this study, I ... [more ▼]

Background: The reform of the law on the student employment contract became effective January 1st 2012. This reform widely affects the way student employment takes place in Belgium. In this study, I evaluate the influence of this change on the behavior of the labor market actors at different points: (1) their knowledge of the law, (2) their interest for student employment, (3) the periods during which students work, (4) the competition between students and job seekers and (5) moonlighting. Methods: I carried out a qualitative study on 42 labor market actors belonging to the following categories: students, employers, representatives of temporary work agencies and union representatives. I interviewed these persons with a questionnaire based on the five points mentioned above. I analyzed the gathered data using techniques suited for qualitative data. Results: It first appears that the law is well known by the labor market actors. Second, the reform caused an increased interest for students employment through a cost decrease and an increase in flexibility, both on the employers’ and the students’ sides. Third, there seems to exist a link between school underperformance and a student’s amount of working days. Fourth, I observe that there exists an actual competition between students and job seekers, in particular because student employment bears a strategic aspect. Finally, I observe that 7 out of 10 students already moonlighted. The more the students like to work and the older they are, the more likely they moonlight. Conclusion: This work allowed me to answer some questions that remained open and to provide a first qualitative evaluation of the new system. The first problem of this system is that it could elicit school underperformance by allowing students to work during terms. Next, this system does not discourage some employers to resort to moonlighting because they still need more flexibility from the students. These two thoughts will have to be part of the debate when the authorities will assess the system. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of Left Atrial Function Using a Multi-Scale Model of the Cardiovascular System
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Paeme, Sabine ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2013), 8(6), 65146

During a full cardiac cycle, the left atrium successively behaves as a reservoir, a conduit and a pump. This complex behavior makes it unrealistic to apply the time-varying elastance theory to ... [more ▼]

During a full cardiac cycle, the left atrium successively behaves as a reservoir, a conduit and a pump. This complex behavior makes it unrealistic to apply the time-varying elastance theory to characterize the left atrium, first, because this theory has known limitations, and second, because it is still uncertain whether the load independence hypothesis holds. In this study, we aim to bypass this uncertainty by relying on another kind of mathematical model of the cardiac chambers. In the present work, we describe both the left atrium and the left ventricle with a multi-scale model. The multi-scale property of this model comes from the fact that pressure inside a cardiac chamber is derived from a model of the sarcomere behavior. Macroscopic model parameters are identified from reference dog hemodynamic data. The multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system including the left atrium is then simulated to show that the physiological roles of the left atrium are correctly reproduced. This include a biphasic pressure wave and an eight-shaped pressure-volume loop. We also test the validity of our model in non basal conditions by reproducing a preload reduction experiment by inferior vena cava occlusion with the model. We compute the variation of eight indices before and after this experiment and obtain the same variation as experimentally observed for seven out of the eight indices. In summary, the multi-scale mathematical model presented in this work is able to correctly account for the three roles of the left atrium and also exhibits a realistic left atrial pressure-volume loop. Furthermore, the model has been previously presented and validated for the left ventricle. This makes it a proper alternative to the time-varying elastance theory if the focus is set on precisely representing the left atrial and left ventricular behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of abrupt preload reduction on left atrial and ventricular pressures in a multi-scale mathematical model of the cardiovascular system
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Kosta, Sarah ULg et al

in European Heart Journal Supplements : Journal of the European Society of Cardiology (2013), 34

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See detailA new method for computing the derivatives of the mean and amplitude of physiological variables with respect to the parameters of a cardiovascular system model
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Revie, James A. et al

in Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied technologies : Official Journal of the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy (2013), 22

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See detailA multi-scale cardiovascular system model can account for the load-dependence of the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship.
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Kosta, Sarah ULg et al

in BioMedical Engineering OnLine (2013), 12(1), 8

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The end-systolic pressure-volume relationship is often considered as a load-independent property of the heart and, for this reason, is widely used as an index of ventricular ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The end-systolic pressure-volume relationship is often considered as a load-independent property of the heart and, for this reason, is widely used as an index of ventricular contractility. However, many criticisms have been expressed against this index and the underlying time-varying elastance theory: first, it does not consider the phenomena underlying contraction and second, the end-systolic pressure volume relationship has been experimentally shown to be load-dependent. METHODS: In place of the time-varying elastance theory, a microscopic model of sarcomere contraction is used to infer the pressure generated by the contraction of the left ventricle, considered as a spherical assembling of sarcomere units. The left ventricle model is inserted into a closed-loop model of the cardiovascular system. Finally, parameters of the modified cardiovascular system model are identified to reproduce the hemodynamics of a normal dog. RESULTS: Experiments that have proven the limitations of the time-varying elastance theory are reproduced with our model: (1) preload reductions, (2) afterload increases, (3) the same experiments with increased ventricular contractility, (4) isovolumic contractions and (5) flow-clamps. All experiments simulated with the model generate different end-systolic pressure-volume relationships, showing that this relationship is actually load-dependent. Furthermore, we show that the results of our simulations are in good agreement with experiments. CONCLUSIONS: We implemented a multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system, in which ventricular contraction is described by a detailed sarcomere model. Using this model, we successfully reproduced a number of experiments that have shown the failing points of the time-varying elastance theory. In particular, the developed multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system can capture the load-dependence of the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailnon invasive estimation of left atrial pressure and mitral valve area waveforms during an entire cardiac cycle
Paeme, Sabine ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg et al

in proceeding of 11th national day of the National Committee on Biomedical Engineering (2012, December 07)

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