Fetal cardiac muscle contractility decreases with gestational age: a color-coded tissue velocity imaging study

Cardiovascular Ultrasound, 05/10/2012

Fetal cardiac muscle contractility decreases with gestational age. As numerous fetal– and pregnancy–associated conditions directly influence the pumping function of the fetal heart, the authors believe that this new insight into the physiology of the human fetal cardiovascular system could contribute to make diagnosis and risk assessment easier and more accurate.

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