The evolution of stress echocardiography

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Abstract

The feasibility of using echocardiography to identify stress induced wall motion abnormalities was first demonstrated with M-mode recordings. The practical use of such a test had to await the development of 2-dimensional echocardiography whereby more wall segments could be analyzed. From the early days of 2-dimensional echocardiography there have been a succession of technological and clinical advances which have made stress echocardiography a very clinically useful tool in the management of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. These developments included the realization that stress-induced wall motion abnormalities produce stunned myocardium permitting immediate post-treadmill echoes to be clinically useful, the use of pharmacologic stress, the introduction of digital recording techniques so that rest and stress images could be viewed side-by- side, and more recently the advent of new imaging technologies, such as harmonic imaging of tissue to provide higher quality of stress echocardiograms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology clinics
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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