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Pressure overload in aortic stenosis (AS) encompasses both structural and metabolic remodeling and increases the risk of decompensation into heart failure. A major component of metabolic derangement in AS is abnormal cardiac substrate use, with down-regulation of fatty acid oxidation, increased reliance on glucose metabolism, and subsequent myocardial lipid accumulation. These changes are associated with energetic and functional cardiac impairment in AS and can be assessed with the use of cardiac magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Proton MRS allows the assessment of myocardial triglyceride content and creatine concentration. Phosphorous MRS allows noninvasive in vivo quantification of the phosphocreatine-to-adenosine triphosphate ratio, a measure of cardiac energy status that is reduced in patients with severe AS. This review summarizes the changes to cardiac substrate and high-energy phosphorous metabolism and how they affect cardiac function in AS. The authors focus on the role of MRS to assess these metabolic changes, and potentially guide future (cellular) metabolic therapy in AS.

Original publication




Journal article


JACC Cardiovasc Imaging

Publication Date





2112 - 2126


aortic stenosis, cardiac magnetic resonance, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, myocardial metabolism, Humans, Predictive Value of Tests, Aortic Valve Stenosis, Magnetic Resonance Imaging