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Contrast echocardiography for the assessment of myocardial viability.
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PMID:  16900011     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The availability of an accurate, non-invasive method for distinguishing viable from irreversibly damaged myocardium, after acute myocardial infarction or in chronic coronary artery disease, is important in clinical decision making. Such a tool would enable physicians to identify patients most likely to benefit from revascularization strategies in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction. Myocardial contrast echocardiography is a new technique that utilizes acoustically active gas-filled microspheres (microbubbles), which remain exclusively in the intravascular space and allow the simultaneous assessment of global and regional myocardial structure, function, and perfusion. An increasing body of data supports its role in assessing myocardial viability and predicting the recovery of function. RECENT FINDINGS: Myocardial contrast echocardiography accurately differentiates 'stunning' from necrosis, delineates transmural extent of infarction, predicts recovery of regional and global left ventricular systolic function in the recuperative phase, identifies patients at high risk of left ventricular remodelling, and provides incremental viability data when performed in conjunction with low-dose dobutamine echocardiography. SUMMARY: Technological advances have positioned myocardial contrast echocardiography as a safe, practical bedside technique for the evaluation of myocardial viability. It has comparable accuracy with other non-invasive imaging techniques, such as dobutamine stress echocardiography, radionuclide scintigraphy and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.
Sajad A Hayat; Roxy Senior
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0268-4705     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-10     Completed Date:  2006-12-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  473-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Disease / physiopathology,  ultrasonography
Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular
Echocardiography / methods*
Heart / physiopathology*
Myocardium / pathology
Tissue Survival / physiology*
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology,  ultrasonography

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