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Echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular systolic function

Authors
  • Klaeboe, Lars Gunnar
  • Edvardsen, Thor
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Echocardiography
Publisher
Springer Japan
Publication Date
Nov 02, 2018
Volume
17
Issue
1
Pages
10–16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12574-018-0405-5
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (LVEF) is the most validated and commonly used echocardiographic measure of systolic function. LVEF has a unique position in cardiology having severed as selection criteria for therapeutic trials that constitute the evidence base of today’s treatment recommendations. Assessment of LV systolic function by global longitudinal strain (GLS) from speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a sensitive and feasible method that overcomes many of the limitations of LVEF, including reproducibility issues of serial testing and detection of LV dysfunction in pathologically remodeled hearts. This review discusses the role of STE as a complementary method to LVEF in estimation of LV systolic function.

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