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BACKGROUND We hypothesized that deterioration of systolic left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation exists as an early sign of "isolated" diastolic heart failure in patients with hypertension (HT)(More)
BACKGROUND Two-dimensional strain imaging allows rapid and accurate analysis of regional left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic mechanics in the longitudinal, radial, and circumferential(More)
AIMS Data are lacking on the left atrial (LA)-left ventricular (LV)-arterial coupling for evaluating the functional abnormalities in the left heart disease, whereas LA-LV or LV-arterial coupling has(More)
Hypertension and obesity each are well known to result in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Therefore, it is clinically important to clarify the mechanisms of further deterioration of(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that left ventricular (LV) diastolic function declines in the elderly, especially in patients with cardiovascular risk factors. However, few data are available on the(More)
Early identification of myocardial ischemia during high-dose dobutamine stress (DOB) has important clinical implications. Myocardial strain imaging can evaluate regional myocardial contractility in(More)
BACKGROUND  The aim of the present study was to detect earlier the negative effect of cardiovascular risk (CVR) factors on left atrial (LA) and left ventricular (LV) function related to abdominal(More)