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Nov 04

Stress Echocardiography in Valvular Stenotic Heart Disease

Conclusions

  • Stress echocardiography is emerging as an important tool in evaluation of valvular stenosis.
  • It aids in clinical decision making.
  • It provides significant non invasive information on dynamic changes in valve function, left ventricular function, hemodynamic response to exercise.
  • Exercise gives important information on exercise capacity and symptomatic responses.
  • It has the advantage of easy availability, low cost, immediate diagnosis and providing complete anatomic and hemodynamic information.
  • Despite the above, more large scale trials are needed for enhancing its applicability in day to day clinical practice.

                  [Dr S K Parashar in CSI Cardiology Update …….in print]

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