Early detection of left ventricular dysfunction related to transplant coronary artery disease.

@article{Dandel2003EarlyDO,
  title={Early detection of left ventricular dysfunction related to transplant coronary artery disease.},
  author={Michael Dandel and Ernst Wellnhofer and Manfred Hummel and Rudolf X. Meyer and Hans Brendan Lehmkuhl and Roland Hetzer},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2003},
  volume={22 12},
  pages={1353-64}
}
BACKGROUND Transplant coronary artery disease (TxCAD) is a major limitation to the long-term success of cardiac transplantation. We assessed left ventricular (LV) function in relation to severity of coronary lesions to improve both early diagnosis of TxCAD and evaluation of the severity of myocardial damage. METHODS Echocardiographic evaluation of LV function, including pulsed-wave tissue Doppler imaging (PW-TDI) wall motion analysis, was performed in 304 heart recipients before each of their… CONTINUE READING
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