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Ultrasonic tissue characterization: review of an approach to assess hypertrophic myocardium.

Authors
  • Tamirisa, P K
  • Holland, M R
  • Miller, J G
  • Pérez, J E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2001
Volume
18
Issue
7
Pages
593–597
Identifiers
PMID: 11737969
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

It is well known that left ventricular hypertrophy is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recently, there has been considerable interest in the application and refinement of noninvasive diagnostic techniques for identification of myocardial tissue composition to permit differentiation between left ventricular hypertrophy that may be associated with irreversible, and therefore, possibly adverse, collagen accumulation ("pathological hypertrophy") as opposed to the type of possibly "benign" hypertrophy devoid of such characteristics (i.e., "physiological hypertrophy"). We review the current state of knowledge in the application of ultrasonic tissue characterization that addresses this question with respect to left ventricular myocardium.

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