Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography in the Assessment of Patients with Chronic Coronary Artery Disease
Echocardiography has been established as a very important tool for imaging the heart and the great vessels. It is readily available to cardiologists and is neither expensive nor time consuming. Similar data can be obtained using other techniques, but none of them is able to provide all the structural, functional and haemodynamic information that echocardiography does. The development of new contrast agents and new devices and methods for assessing myocardial perfusion has led to an emerging field of applications and indications for patients suffering from chronic ischaemic heart disease. Myocardial contrast echocardiography is now moving from the experimental laboratory to daily clinical practice for the evaluation of ischaemic heart disease, since the assessment of myocardial perfusion with this technique may provide important information at low additional cost.
KeywordsMyocardial Perfusion Myocardial Blood Flow Coronary Stenosis Contrast Echocardiography Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography
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