Lizelle Hanekom

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OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether assessment of left ventricular (LV) function with real-time (RT) three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) could reduce the variation of sequential LV measurements and provide greater accuracy than two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). BACKGROUND Real-time 3DE has become feasible as a standard clinical tool, but(More)
Echocardiographic follow-up of left ventricular (LV) volumes is difficult because of the test-retest variation of 2-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). We investigated whether the accuracy and reproducibility of real-time 3-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) would make this modality more feasible for serial follow-up of LV measurements. We performed 2DE(More)
BACKGROUND The availability of automated online software may increase the feasibility of real-time 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography (3DE) for left ventricular (LV) volume calculation in clinical practice. We sought to compare offline and online approaches with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS Patients who presented to the clinical laboratory(More)
AIMS Two-dimensional (2D)-strain derived from speckle-tracking is an alternative to tissue velocity imaging (TVI)-based strain. We compared their feasibility and accuracy in 150 patients undergoing dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) and coronary angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS 2D- and TVI-strain were obtained in three apical views at rest and peak(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of myocardial viability based on wall-motion scoring (WMS) during dobutamine echocardiography (DbE) is difficult and subjective. Strain-rate imaging (SRI) is quantitative, but its incremental value over WMS for prediction of functional recovery after revascularization is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS DbE and SRI were performed in 55(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to differentiate the transmural extent of infarction (TME) by assessment of the short-axis and long-axis function of the left ventricle (LV) using 2-dimensional (2D) strain. BACKGROUND The differentiation of subendocardial infarction from transmural infarction has significant prognostic and clinical implications. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To use quantitative myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) and strain rate imaging (SRI) to assess the role of microvascular disease in subclinical diabetic cardiomyopathy. METHODS Stress MCE and SRI were performed in 48 patients (22 with type II diabetes mellitus (DM) and 26 controls), all with normal left ventricular systolic function and(More)
We sought to improve the feasibility of strain rate imaging (SRI) during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) in 56 subjects at low risk of coronary disease. The impact of several SRI changes during acquisition were studied, including: (1) changing from fundamental to harmonic imaging; (2) parallel beamforming; (3) alteration of spatial resolution and(More)
BACKGROUND The first derivative of left ventricular (LV) pressure over time (dP/dt max) is a marker of LV systolic function that can be assessed during cardiac catheterization and echocardiography. Radial artery dP/dt max has been proposed as a possible marker of LV systolic function and we sought to test this hypothesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS We compared(More)