Left ventricular performance in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome: a 30-day echocardiographic follow-up study.

@article{Li2003LeftVP,
  title={Left ventricular performance in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome: a 30-day echocardiographic follow-up study.},
  author={Steven Siu-lung Li and Cheung-wah Cheng and Chiu-lai Fu and Yiu-han Chan and Man-po Lee and Johnny Wai-man Chan and Siu-fung Yiu},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2003},
  volume={108 15},
  pages={1798-803}
}
BACKGROUND Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is characterized by an overaggressive immune response. Myocardial performance may be impaired in cytokine-mediated immune reactions. METHODS AND RESULTS Forty-six patients with established clinical diagnosis of SARS were studied prospectively. Transthoracic echocardiographic examinations were done at the acute stage of infection and 30 days later. Among them, 14 patients required mechanical ventilation. The clinical course, laboratory data… CONTINUE READING