A practical guide to assessment of ventricular diastolic function using Doppler echocardiography

Gerald I. Cohen*, Joseph F. Pietrolungo, James D. Thomas, Allan L. Klein

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Abstract

Doppler assessment of diastolic function has become a standard part of routine echocardiographic examination and imparts information relevant to a patient's functional class, management and prognosis. This review describes the Doppler patterns of diastolic function relative to physical signs and physiology. A continuum of Doppler patterns of diastolic function exists, including normal diastolic function, impaired relaxation, pseudonormal filling, restriction, constriction and tamponade. These patterns evolve from one to another in a single individual, with changes in disease evolution, treatment and loading conditions. New applications of continuous wave Doppler, color Doppler M-mode and Doppler tissue imaging are refining our understanding of diastolic function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1753-1760
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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