Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Cardio-Oncology and Beyond

Raymundo A. Quintana, Linh P. Bui, Rohit Moudgil, Nicolas Palaskas, Saamir Hassan, Jun-ichi Abe, Elie Mouhayar, Syed Wamique Yusuf, Antonieta Hernandez, Jose Banchs
2020 Texas Heart Institute Journal  
Speckle-tracking echocardiography has enabled clinicians to detect changes in myocardial function with more sensitivity than that afforded by traditional diastolic and systolic functional measurements, including left ventricular ejection fraction. Speckle-tracking echocardiography enables evaluation of myocardial strain in terms of strain (percent change in length of a myocardial segment relative to its length at baseline) and strain rate (strain per unit of time). Both measurements have
more » ... rements have potential for use in diagnosing and monitoring the cardiovascular side effects of cancer therapy. Regional and global strain measurements can independently predict outcomes not only in patients who experience cardiovascular complications of cancer and cancer therapy, but also in patients with a variety of other clinical conditions. This review and case series examine the clinical applications and overall usefulness of speckle-tracking echocardiography in cardio-oncology and, more broadly, in clinical cardiology.
doi:10.14503/thij-18-6736 pmid:32603473 fatcat:knkmyyb5xffr3komyiq7h74j3q