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New Heart Ultrasound Research Reveals Life-Saving Treatment Alternatives and Advancements for Heart Patients
Date:6/8/2009

these patients is frequently delayed or not performed," said Dr. Benjamin H. Freed of the University of Chicago Medical Center, a lead author of the study.

Patients with suspected aortic stenosis should talk to their doctors about whether they need an echocardiogram or other diagnostic tests. Patients with existing aortic stenosis should monitor their conditions carefully and if their conditions become severe, they should discuss their options for aortic valve replacement surgery with their doctors.

STUDY SHOWS DOCTORS CAN BETTER PREDICT SURVIVAL CHANCE FOR HEART PATIENTS WITH NEWER IMAGING TECHNOLOGY

Study finds 3-D echocardiography serves as a stronger predictor of patient outcomes than 2-D

This study showed that physicians can better predict potentially life-threatening cardiac events with real-time, three-dimensional echocardiography technology.

Physicians can use echocardiograms, or heart ultrasound, to view the heart's left ventricular end systolic volume (this measurement refers to the volume of blood in the ventricle immediately after the contraction of the heart) and ejection fraction, (a measurement that determines how well the heart is pumping), which determines the severity of the patient's heart condition. The study concluded that 3-D measurements could help guide management decisions on how to best treat the patient and therefore, better predict the patient's chance of survival.

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is a professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system. The organization was founded in 1975 and has is the largest international organization for cardiac imaging. For more information on ASE, visit www.asecho
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