Medical imaging derived cardiac biomechanical models offer a wealth of new information to be used in diagnosis and prognosis of cardiovascular disease. A noteworthy feature of such models is the ability to predict myofiber contraction stresses during acute or chronic ischemic events. Current techniques for heterogeneous contraction models require tissue motion tracking capabilities which are neither available on all imaging modalities, nor currently used in the clinic. Proposed in this article is a proof of concept of a tissue tracking independent technique focused on shape optimization to predict the contraction stresses of in-silico left ventricle models simulating various acute myocardial infarction events. The technique involves three variables defined in the left ventricle muscle. Two of the variables represent the contraction stresses in the healthy and infarct regions while the third is a novel periinfarct variable defining a non-contracting myofiber state allowing finer classification of local myofiber damage. Results indicate that the contraction stress reconstruction errors are overall smaller than 12% when considering standard errors associated with population modelling for the new variable of interest.
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