Detection of early right ventricular dysfunction in Chagas' disease using Doppler tissue imaging.

@article{Barros2002DetectionOE,
  title={Detection of early right ventricular dysfunction in Chagas' disease using Doppler tissue imaging.},
  author={M{\'a}rcio Vin{\'i}cius Lins de Barros and Fernando S. Machado and Ant{\^o}nio Luiz Pinho Ribeiro and Manoel Ot{\'a}vio da Costa Rocha},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography},
  year={2002},
  volume={15 10 Pt 2},
  pages={1197-201}
}
BACKGROUND The involvement of the right ventricle (RV) in Chagas' disease is frequent. Although echocardiography plays an important role in noninvasive assessment of cardiac function, evaluation of RV is challenging because of the anatomic and functional complexity of this chamber. METHODS To study early functional abnormalities in the RV, we selected 18 patients with Chagas' disease, no other disease, and a normal echocardiogram; and 12 normal individuals as a control group. All participants… CONTINUE READING