Role of Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in Dilated Cardiomyopathy: A Review

Ghulam Murtaza, Hafeez Ul Hasan Virk, Muhammad Khalid, Zia Rahman, Puja Sitwala, Jeffrey Schoondyke, Kais Al-Balbissi
2017 Cureus  
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is an important cause of the heart failure. Timely diagnosis and optimal management decrease morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients. Although transthoracic echocardiography is used as the diagnostic test of choice in these patients, new modalities like speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have promising results in diagnosing these patients in the earlier course of the disease. Advancements in cardiac imaging are expected as more clinical studies on the
more » ... role of STE in different cardiac diseases that emerge. In this review article, we will discuss the basics of STE and its role in diagnosing DCM.
doi:10.7759/cureus.1372 pmid:28744419 pmcid:PMC5519311 fatcat:nrfc2oqqunf6bdqal2otfqtkiu