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Open Access The Evaluation of the Heart Failure Patient by Echocardiography: Time to go beyond the Ejection Fraction

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Heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome that can result from any structural or functional cardiac disorder that impairs the ability of the ventricle to fill with or eject blood. The echocardiogram is the single most performed and useful study in these patients. This article reviews the role of the echocardiogram in the evaluation of the heart failure patient, without focusing on the left ventricle. The discussion includes the use of the echocardiogram in the assessment of the right ventricle and diastolic function and in detecting hemodynamic and morphologic changes in heart failure over a period of time. In addition, we highlight some of the limitations of echocardiography in the assessment of these patients.
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Keywords: Doppler; diastolic dysfunction; echocardiography; heart failure; right ventricle

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2015

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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