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[Two-dimensional ultrasound speckle tracking imaging in detection of myocardial torsion for patients with chronic pulmonary heart disease]

Jing-Yuan Huang, Zhe-Lan Zheng, Meng Ye
Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences 2013, 42 (5): 573-7
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the application of two-dimensional ultrasound speckle tracking imaging (STI) in assessment of myocardial torsion and left ventricular function for patients with chronic pulmonary heart disease (CPHD).

METHODS: Thirty six patients with CPHD and 38 normal subjects were enrolled in the study,and STI examinations were performed. The left ventricular short-axis views (mitral level,apical level) were observed,the rotation angles of the standardized time point were measured at each short-axis views and the corresponding left ventricular torsion angles were calculated. Simultaneously, the basal rotation peak, apical rotation peak, left ventricular twist peak, end-systolic basal rotation value, end-systolic apical rotation value and end-systolic left ventricular twist value were recorded. The correlations of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) with left ventricular torsion peak, end-systolic left ventricular twist value in patients were analyzed.

RESULTS: Compared to normal controls, the basal rotation peak, apical rotation peak, left ventricular twist peak, end-systolic basal rotation value, end-systolic apical rotation value and end-systolic left ventricular twist value were significantly lower (P<0.01) in CPHD patients. The LVEF was highly correlated with left ventricular twist peak and end-systolic left ventricular twist value in CPHD patients (r=0.967, 0.952,P<0.001).

CONCLUSION: STI is sensitive to detect left ventricular myocardial torsion change; left ventricular torsion peak and end-systolic left ventricular twist value can be used to assess the left ventricular function in patients with CPHD.

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