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J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2007 Feb;20(2):199-209.

Diastolic function: a sonographer's approach to the essential echocardiographic measurements of left ventricular diastolic function.

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  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.


Noninvasive assessment of left ventricular filling pressures by echocardiography has been validated by invasive hemodynamic studies and correlated with clinical findings. A comprehensive echocardiographic examination based on the referral diagnosis and patient symptomatology routinely includes efforts to measure specific parameters of left ventricular diastolic function. We provide a step-by-step approach to goal-directed echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function.

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