Modern echocardiography in pediatric right heart assessment
18 May 2016
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Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA)
Right heart function is a key determinant of clinical status, prognosis and outcome in a variety of heart diseases, particularly
in patients with congenital heart disease. Various non-invasive imaging tools have been used to assess right heart function
in the setting of adult heart disease; however there has been little exploration of those modalities in younger patients.
Newer imaging techniques, including tissue Doppler imaging, three-dimensional echocardiography and deformation imaging have
been added to the armamentarium of the congenital non-invasive imager. My aims were to investigate the feasibility and usefulness
of newer echocardiographic tools of right heart assessment in the setting of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease.
The 9 projects outlined in this thesis investigates the right heart in pediatric and congenital heart disease, encompassing
systemic veins, right atrium, right ventricle, and focusing on size, volumes, flow and function. The goal of these investigations
was to evaluate right heart performance non-invasively in daily clinical practice and to understand which indices could be
used in clinical decision-making.
Research conducted at: University of Nebraska/Creighton University
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