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Application of strain echocardiography in valvular heart diseases [Anatol J Cardiol]
Anatol J Cardiol. 2020; 23(5): 244-253 | DOI: 10.14744/AnatolJCardiol.2020.09694  

Application of strain echocardiography in valvular heart diseases

Marta Cvijic1, Jens-Uwe Voigt2
1Department of Cardiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana; Ljubljana-Slovenia; Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana; Ljubljana-Slovenia
2Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University Hospital Leuven; Leuven-Belgium; Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leuven; Leuven-Belgium

Echocardiographic strain imaging allows new insight into a complex cardiac mechanics and enables more precise evaluation of cardiac function. Hence, it has been shown to have clinical utility in a variety of valvular heart diseases. In particular, global longitudinal strain has been shown to be more sensitive to detect systolic dysfunction than left ventricular ejection fraction. In patients with valvular heart diseases, it provides both diagnostic and prognostic information in addition to standard echocardiographic and clinical parameters. In this review, we summarize current clinical application of strain echocardiography in patients with valvular heart diseases and discuss pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to respective findings in specific diseases.

Keywords: speckle tracking, strain, deformation, GLS, valve disease


Marta Cvijic, Jens-Uwe Voigt. Application of strain echocardiography in valvular heart diseases. Anatol J Cardiol. 2020; 23(5): 244-253

Corresponding Author: Jens-Uwe Voigt, Slovenia


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