Is Doppler tissue velocity during early left ventricular filling preload independent?

BACKGROUND Transmitral Doppler flow indices are used to evaluate diastolic function. Recently, velocities measured by Doppler tissue imaging have been used as an index of left ventricular relaxation. OBJECTIVE To determine whether Doppler tissue velocities are influenced by alterations in preload. METHODS Left ventricular preload was altered in 17… CONTINUE READING