Jul 04

Role of 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography in identifying left atrial strain in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) has recently emerged as a useful tool for quantifying left atrium deformation dynamics. The current study published in the Herz Journal assessed the use of this tool in diagnosing heart failure with preserved ejection fraction as this syndrome is associated with impaired left atrial volume and function. The results established the efficacy of 2D-STE in identifying impaired left atrial function in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Moreover, it was suggested that a global longitudinal left atrial strain during ventricular systole (GLAs-res) value of less than 17.5 % could be used for identifying this syndrome.

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