n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - More about : role of echocardiography in cardiac assessment

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... MORE ABOUT EdMUnd BRicE, MB ChB, PhD, FCP (SA) cardiologist, Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Parow Valley Echocardiography has revolutionised the assessment of the cardiac patient, allowing more definitive evaluation of cardiac structure and function. Unfortunately, reliance on this new technology has often replaced careful clinical assessment. Consequently, uncritical appraisal of echocardiographic data, often by insufficiently experienced practitioners, can give rise to erroneous conclusions, occasionally with severe consequences for the patient. In this brief contribution I will attempt to cover a few of the common indications for echocardiographic assessment and highlight the potential pitfalls for the unwary. Left ventricular function Perhaps the ..

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