Deep Neural Network to Accurately Predict Left Ventricular Systolic Function Under Mechanical Assistance

Front Cardiovasc Med. 2021 Oct 26;8:752088. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2021.752088. eCollection 2021.


Characterizing left ventricle (LV) systolic function in the presence of an LV assist device (LVAD) is extremely challenging. We developed a framework comprising a deep neural network (DNN) and a 0D model of the cardiovascular system to predict parameters of LV systolic function. DNN input data were systemic and pulmonary arterial pressure signals, and rotation speeds of the device. Output data were parameters of LV systolic function, including end-systolic maximal elastance (E max,lv ), a variable essential for adequate hemodynamic assessment of the LV. A 0D model of the cardiovascular system, including a wide range of LVAD settings and incorporating the whole spectrum of heart failure, was used to generate data for the training procedure of the DNN. The DNN predicted E max,lv with a mean relative error of 10.1%, and all other parameters of LV function with a mean relative error of <13%. The framework was then able to retrieve a number of LV physiological variables (i.e., pressures, volumes, and ejection fraction) with a mean relative error of <5%. Our method provides an innovative tool to assess LV hemodynamics under device assistance, which could be helpful for a better understanding of LV-LVAD interactions, and for therapeutic optimization.

Keywords: cardiovascular modeling; deep neural network; heart failure; left ventricular assist device; machine learning.