J Med Assoc Thai 2003; 86 (1):37

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Role of Echocardiography in Congestive Heart Failure
Kiatchoosakun S Mail, Hoit B

A comprehensive assessment of the nature and severity of heart failure is often the initial
step in the management of patients with congestive heart failure. Unlike many other available methods,
imaging and Doppler echocardiography can repetitively and noninvasively characterize left ventricular
systolic and diastolic function and estimate prognosis. Recently, new Doppler applications (tissue
Doppler and color M-mode-Doppler) have been shown to provide a more precise estimate of LV
relaxation than the traditional Doppler echocardiography. The objective of this review was to critically
evaluate the clinical impact of conventional echocardiographic methods on the management of heart
failure patients.
Key word
: Echocardiography, Heart Failure

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