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ecocardiography guidelines

Gabriella Malfatto, Paola Cuoccio, Caterina Bizzi, Giovanna Branzi, Alessandra Villani, Francesco Della Rosa, Gianfranco Parati, Mario Facchini
BACKGROUND: Color-Doppler ecocardiography and cardiopulmonary stress test are pivotal in the evaluation of patients with heart failure. Besides determining systolic function through left ventricular ejection fraction (EF), color-Doppler ecocardiography evaluates the presence and degree of functional mitral regurgitation and the severity of diastolic dysfunction. Moreover, in addition to the aerobic capacity indicated by peak O2 consumption, other parameters of cardiopulmonary stress have proven useful for diagnostic purposes, such as the peak VE/VCO2 ratio or ventilatory efficiency...
June 2009: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
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