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Eur J Echocardiogr. 2008 Jul;9(4):449-57. doi: 10.1093/ejechocard/jen004. Epub 2008 Feb 19.

Non-invasive assessment of coronary flow and coronary flow reserve by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography: a magic tool for the real world.

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Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care Unit, Compi├Ęgne Hospital, 8 rue Henri Adnot, 60200 Compi├Ęgne, France.

Abstract

Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography, introduced in the echo-lab in recent last years, to measure coronary flow and coronary flow reserve, is a very attractive tool, totally non-invasive, and easily available at bedside. This review summarizes the actual possibilities of this tool, its multiple potential clinical applications and diagnostic insights, and its arising prognosis value, in coronary artery disease as in various settings affecting the coronary microcirculation.

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18296409
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10.1093/ejechocard/jen004
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