Echocardiography plays a key role in the evaluation of patient suffering of structural heart disease. This is a non-invasive, relatively cheap imaging modality, free of radiation exposure. There are several pathologies in which the role of echocardiography is determining: Valvular heart disease, diagnosis, patient's selection for Intervention, follow-up; Cardiomyopthies and heart failure patients, classification of CMP-s, evaluation of the severity of the disease, follow-up, assessment of the efficacy of therapeutical procedures; Complications of ischemic heart disease; Early diagnosis of congenital heart disease with subsequent follow-up. Transesophageal echocardiography has an accentuated value in the evaluation of patients with suspected cardiac embolism, infective endocarditis, acute aortic syndromes, mitral regurgitation and prosthetic valve dysfunction. Recently, with the advent of the percutaneous transcatheter valvular interventions, echocardiography gained an important role in patient's selection, guiding of the interventions and assessment of the success and follow-up. However, due to its extensive complexity, echocardiography needs a substantially expertise and requires a training period and license examination, which are coordinated by the Echocardiographic Working Groups of the National Cardiology Societies.
|Translated title of the contribution||Echocardiography in structural heart disease|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 5 2011|
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