Two-dimensional speckle tracking of the left ventricle in patients with systemic sclerosis for an early detection of myocardial involvement

European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging, 03/19/2012

Left ventricular (LV) deformation analysis by speckle–tracking echocardiography (STE) is a sensitive method to detect early LV systolic impairment primarily in the basal segments in patients with SSc having preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).

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