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Left ventricular assessment 

Left ventricular assessment
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Left ventricular assessment
Author(s):

Marcus Peck

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198749080.003.0007
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date: 06 December 2021

This chapter will outline the relevant structure and function of the left ventricle and its common pathophysiology such as left ventricular hypertrophy, regional wall motion abnormalities, systolic and diastolic heart failure, and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. It will describe how focused cardiac ultrasound can be used to assess left ventricular size, shape, wall thickness, and systolic function, including linear, area, and volumetric methods, and how loading conditions impact on these. It will demonstrate how to recognize common left ventricular pathophysiology, and the advanced section will introduce how tissue Doppler can be used to assess systolic and diastolic function.

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