Effects of pericardiectomy on early diastolic mitral annular velocity in patients with constrictive pericarditis.

@article{Kim2009EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of pericardiectomy on early diastolic mitral annular velocity in patients with constrictive pericarditis.},
  author={Jung-sun Kim and J W Ha and Eui Im and Sungha Park and Eui-Young Choi and Yun-Hyeong Cho and Jin-Mi Kim and S. Rim and Young Nam Yoon and Byung-Chul Chang and Namsik Chung},
  journal={International journal of cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={133 1},
  pages={18-22}
}
BACKGROUND In patients with constrictive pericarditis (CP), early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E') is usually normal or exaggerated due to limitation of lateral expansion by the constricting pericardium. Although pericardiectomy is the treatment of choice for CP, it is difficult to evaluate its effectiveness. Theoretically, E' may decrease after successful pericardiectomy. However, little data are available regarding the effect of pericardiectomy on E'. The purpose of this study was to… CONTINUE READING