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01.09.2009 | Review | Ausgabe 9/2009

Clinical Research in Cardiology 9/2009

Clinical implications of the echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular long axis function

Clinical Research in Cardiology > Ausgabe 9/2009
Konstantinos A. Triantafyllou, Elias Karabinos, Heleni Kalkandi, Athanasios I. Kranidis, Dimitrios Babalis


The assessment of the left and right ventricular long axis function by Doppler echocardiography was started many years ago with the use of M-mode. Two-dimensional echocardiography was subsequently used to study the longitudinal function of the left ventricle. The studies of that era led to useful conclusions. However, tissue Doppler imaging, a relatively new echocardiographic technique, recently became the first choice for such an assessment. Moreover, the advances of tissue tracking and strain rate also have an important contribution. New studies were conducted and new data derived for left and right ventricular function in various cardiac diseases. Τhe aim of this review was to present the accumulated knowledge of the Doppler echocardiography study of the left ventricular long axis function and the relevant clinical implications.

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