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Curr Opin Cardiol. 2004 Sep;19(5):447-51.

Tissue Doppler imaging as a guide to resynchronization therapy in patients with congestive heart failure.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology P, University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. psogaard@dadlnet.dk

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Cardiac resynchronization therapy is a nonpharmacological treatment option in patients with heart failure and left bundle branch block but response rates are still disappointing.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Extent of mechanical left ventricular asynchrony as detected by tissue Doppler imaging has emerged as an independent predictor of outcome to CRT. In addition, long-term therapy delivery may be further improved through optimized lead positioning and pacemaker programming.

SUMMARY:

Tissue Doppler imaging should be included in the evaluation of potential CRT candidates but standardized evaluation criteria have not yet been provided.

PMID:
15316451
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