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Positive contrast echocardiography in patients with patent foramen ovale and normal right heart hemodynamics.
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PMID:  7081065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Peripheral M mode contrast echocardiograms were performed at rest and during the Valsalva maneuver in 11 patients with patent foramen ovale and normal right heart pressures documented by catheterization studies. Positive contrast studies (at least five clearly identifiable contrast echoes appearing in the left heart) were obtained in three patients (27 percent at rest) in six (54 percent) during the Valsalva maneuver and in seven patients (64 percent) either at rest or during the Valsalva maneuver. It is concluded that contrast echocardiography offers an opportunity to diagnose a patent foramen ovale noninvasively in patients with suspected paradoxical embolism or with questionable evidence of atrial septal defect. A positive study result does not specifically indicate heart disease since it occurs in healthy persons with patent foramen ovale, normal intracardiac pressures and no other abnormality.
G Kronik; H Mösslacher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1982 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-07-19     Completed Date:  1982-07-19     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1806-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Disease / diagnosis
Echocardiography / methods*
Heart Block / congenital
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / diagnosis*
Sodium Chloride / diagnostic use
Valsalva Maneuver
Reg. No./Substance:
7647-14-5/Sodium Chloride

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