Journal Article

Echocardiographic assessment of mitral regurgitation in patients with heart failure

Roland R Brandt, Johannes Sperzel, Heinz F Pitschner and Christian W Hamm

in European Heart Journal Supplements

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 6, issue suppl_D, pages D25-D28
Published in print August 2004 | ISSN: 1520-765X
Published online August 2004 | e-ISSN: 1554-2815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehjsup.2004.05.005
Echocardiographic assessment of mitral regurgitation in patients with heart failure

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Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a promising new therapy for symptomatic patients with systolic heart failure despite optimized medical therapy and mechanical dyssynchrony in the setting of intraventricular conduction delay. The contractile discoordination may also involve the papillary muscles and result in functional mitral regurgitation which can be reduced by CRT. This review will discuss mechanisms and prognostic implications of mitral regurgitation, methods how to quantitate this valvular heart disease, and the role of mitral regurgitation in patients with mechanical dyssynchrony.

Keywords: Cardiac resynchronization therapy; Heart failure; Intraventricular conduction delay; Mitral regurgitation

Journal Article.  2261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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