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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Oct;173(4):1148-52.

Quantitative echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular function in critically ill obstetric patients: a comparative study.

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Department of Cardiology, Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Our purpose was to compare different echocardiographic methods to quantitate maternal ventricular function.

STUDY DESIGN:

Eleven critically ill obstetric patients requiring invasive monitoring and M-mode and two-dimensional Doppler echocardiographic studies were retrospectively studied. Ventricular volumes and ejection fraction derived from multiple methods were computed and compared with analysis of variance and Newman-Keuls tests.

RESULTS:

Two M-mode studies could not be analyzed. M-mode and two-dimensional estimates of stroke volume were similar to the previously validated Doppler stroke volume values of these 11 patients. End-diastolic volume estimates were similar. There was no difference in ejection fraction for the five different two-dimensional Doppler methods used (66%, 66%, 67%, 63%, and 63%).

CONCLUSION:

Left ventricular function is reliably calculated in pregnant women by a number of different echocardiographic techniques. The ability to combine echocardiographic techniques is helpful when any single method does not provide all of the information required.

PMID:
7485309
DOI:
10.1016/0002-9378(95)91342-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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