Left ventricular dysfunction assessed by speckle-tracking strain analysis in patients with systemic sclerosis: relationship to functional capacity and ventricular arrhythmias.

@article{Yiu2011LeftVD,
  title={Left ventricular dysfunction assessed by speckle-tracking strain analysis in patients with systemic sclerosis: relationship to functional capacity and ventricular arrhythmias.},
  author={Kai Hang Yiu and Anne A. Schouffoer and Nina Ajmone Marsan and Maarten K Ninaber and J. G. Stolk and Thea P. M. Vliet Vlieland and Roderick W. C. Scherptong and Victoria Bueno Delgado and Eduard R. Holman and Hung-Fat Tse and Tom W. J. Huizinga and Jeroen J. Bax and Annemie J. M. Schuerwegh},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  year={2011},
  volume={63 12},
  pages={
          3969-78
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease characterized by vascular inflammation and fibrosis. Visceral involvement, including cardiac manifestations, can lead to severe clinical complications, such as congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and sudden death. Conventional echocardiography parameters have limited sensitivity to detect subtle myocardial dysfunction in patients with SSc. The aim of this study was to assess, using novel speckle-tracking strain analysis, the… CONTINUE READING
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