Assessment of left ventricular and atrial diastolic function using two-dimensional (2D) strain imaging in patients with β-thalassemia major.

@article{Karamanou2014AssessmentOL,
  title={Assessment of left ventricular and atrial diastolic function using two-dimensional (2D) strain imaging in patients with β-thalassemia major.},
  author={Alexandra G Karamanou and Eftihia S. Hamodraka and Spyridon C Vrakas and Ioannis A. Paraskevaidis and Ioannis Lekakis and Dimitrios Th. Kremastinos},
  journal={European journal of haematology},
  year={2014},
  volume={92 1},
  pages={
          59-65
        }
}
BACKGROUND β-thalassemia major is a unique disease characterized by early severe diastolic dysfunction, due to iron myocardial deposition alone, while left ventricular systolic dysfunction and failure seem to be multifactorial in aitiology. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to investigate left ventricular diastolic dysfunction using a new echo index as speckle tracking in comparison with the conventional methods. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty-eight consecutive patients (38 male, 50… CONTINUE READING

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