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      Myocardial tissue characterisation using echocardiographic deformation imaging


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          Myocardial pathology results in significant morbidity and mortality, whether due to primary cardiomyopathic processes or secondary to other conditions such as ischemic heart disease. Cardiac imaging techniques characterise the underlying tissue directly, by assessing a signal from the tissue itself, or indirectly, by inferring tissue characteristics from global or regional function. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is currently the most investigated imaging modality for tissue characterisation, but, due to its accessibility, advanced echocardiography represents an attractive alternative. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a reproducible technique used to assess myocardial deformation at both segmental and global levels. Since distinct myocardial pathologies affect deformation differently, information about the underlying tissue can be inferred by STE. In this review, the current available studies correlating STE deformation parameters with underlying tissue characteristics in humans are examined, with separate emphasis on global and segmental analysis. The current knowledge is placed in the context of integrated backscatter and the future of echocardiographic based tissue characterisation is discussed. The use of these imaging techniques to more precisely phenotype myocardial pathology more precisely will allow the design of translational cardiac research studies and, potentially, tailored management strategies.

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            The diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is challenging owing to vague symptomatology and non-specific echocardiographic findings. To describe regional patterns in longitudinal strain (LS) using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in CA and to test the hypothesis that regional differences would help differentiate CA from other causes of increased left ventricular (LV) wall thickness. 55 consecutive patients with CA were compared with 30 control patients with LV hypertrophy (n=15 with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, n=15 with aortic stenosis). A relative apical LS of 1.0, defined using the equation (average apical LS/(average basal LS + mid-LS)), was sensitive (93%) and specific (82%) in differentiating CA from controls (area under the curve 0.94). In a logistic regression multivariate analysis, relative apical LS was the only parameter predictive of CA (p=0.004). CA is characterised by regional variations in LS from base to apex. A relative 'apical sparing' pattern of LS is an easily recognisable, accurate and reproducible method of differentiating CA from other causes of LV hypertrophy.
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                +64-3-4740999 , sean.coffey@otago.ac.nz
                Cardiovasc Ultrasound
                Cardiovasc Ultrasound
                Cardiovascular Ultrasound
                BioMed Central (London )
                15 November 2019
                15 November 2019
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                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1936 7830, GRID grid.29980.3a, Department of Medicine – HeartOtago, , Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, ; Box 56, Dunedin, PO 9054 New Zealand
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1936 7830, GRID grid.29980.3a, Department of Physiology – HeartOtago, , School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Otago, ; Dunedin, New Zealand
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                Cardiovascular Medicine
                echocardiography,strain,speckle tracking,fibrosis,myocardial histology
                Cardiovascular Medicine
                echocardiography, strain, speckle tracking, fibrosis, myocardial histology


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