Echocardiographic evaluation of left atrial mechanics: Function, history, novel techniques, advantages, and pitfalls

Roman Leischik, Henning Littwitz, Birgit Dworrak, Pankaj Garg, Meihua Zhu, David J. Sahn, Marc Horlitz

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Left atrial (LA) functional analysis has an established role in assessing left ventricular diastolic function. The current standard echocardiographic parameters used to study left ventricular diastolic function include pulsed-wave Doppler mitral inflow analysis, tissue Doppler imaging measurements, and LA dimension estimation. However, the above-mentioned parameters do not directly quantify LA performance. Deformation studies using strain and strain-rate imaging to assess LA function were validated in previous research, but this technique is not currently used in routine clinical practice. This review discusses the history, importance, and pitfalls of strain technology for the analysis of LA mechanics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number765921
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2015

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