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Am J Cardiol. 1997 Jan 1;79(1):103-4.

Usefulness of echocardiography in detecting left ventricular dysfunction in population-based studies (The Rotterdam Study).

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Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Erasmus University Medical School, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

In a population-based study, the routine 12-lead electrocardiogram was found to have a high negative predictive value for detecting left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction. Withholding echocardiography in persons without major electrocardiographic abnormalities, however, would result in a considerable underestimation of LV systolic dysfunction (sensitivity only 54%); thus, echocardiography remains an essential tool for detecting LV systolic dysfunction in population-based studies.

PMID:
9024752
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9149(96)00691-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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