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Am J Cardiol. 1980 Dec 18;46(7):1205-14.

Echocardiography in acute and remote myocardial infarction.


Two dimensional echocardiography is just beginning to be used to characterize cardiac damage in patients with acute myocardial infarction. The two dimensional approach allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of cardiac anatomy and is able to detect with high sensitivity changes in regional wall motion that previously were sometimes missed or only found with difficulty using M mode echocardiography. Two dimensional echocardiography appears to offer a basis for quantifying the extent of myocardial damage in acute myocardial infarction and thus may permit objective assessment of therapeutic modalities and prognosis. In addition, the technique facilitates recognition of specific complications in acute myocardial infarction. In particular, the technique offers te ability to distinguish true from false ventricular aneurysm, postinfarction ventricular septal defect from papillary muscle dysfunction and rupture, and right ventricular infarction from cardiac tamponade.

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