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Current Echocardiographic Techniques for Evaluation of the Right Ventricle

Pickure Z.1,2, Kalinin A.1,2, Lejnieks A.2, Alekhin M. N.3,4
1 - Riga East Clinical University Hospital, Clinical centre Gailezers, Riga, Latvia
2 - Riga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia
3 - Central Clinical Hospital with Policlinic of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia
4 - Central State Medical Academy, President Management Department RF, Moscow, Russia

Keywords: right ventricle; myocardial deformation; three-dimensional echocardiography; right ventricular ejection fraction

DOI: 10.18087/cardio.2017.9.10019

The review is dedicated to the new echocardiographic techniques in the assessment of right ventricular (RV) function, such as two-dimensional speckle tracking and determining the RV volume by a three-dimensional model. Subclinical changes in RV function are of great importance for the diagnosis and assessment of prognosis of multiple cardiovascular as well as non-cardiac pathologies. Two-dimensional speckle tracking allows to assess longitudinal strain of the RV myocardium and to detect pathological changes before their clinical manifestations. Three-dimensional echocardiography enables calculation of the RV ejection fraction, what was not possible before with the use of ultrasound. Currently, both methods are promising for a comprehensive assessment of RV function.
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