Year of Publication

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Wenk

Abstract

Heart failure is an important medical disease and impacts millions of people throughout the world. In order to treat this problem, biomaterial injectable treatment injected into the myocardium of the failing LV are currently being developed. Through this treatment, the biomaterial material injections can reduce wall stresses during the cardiac remodeling process. By using computational techniques to analyze the effects of a treatment involving the injection of biomaterial material into the LV after MI, the material parameters of the hydrogel injections can be optimized. The results shows that the hydrogel injections could reduce the global average fiber stress and the transmural average stress seen from optimization. These results indicated that the hydrogel injections could influence the stiffness in passive LV tissue, but there is still need for more research on the active part of ventricular contraction. Conclusion: hydrogel injection is a viable way to alter ventricular mechanical properties.

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