Echocardiography has a major role in the evaluation of patients with CAD. To obtain the maximal amount of information using this technique, certain basic principles relating to regional myocardial mechanics during ischemia and flow-function relations are required. In addition, a detailed knowledge of cardiac anatomy and the threedimensional orientation of the heart within the chest cavity is required to access meaningful information from two-dimensional planes. Furthermore, skill is also required in acquiring data in proper imaging planes and in separating true (actual pathology) from the false (artifacts, etc.). Echocardiography is not a "mature" technology. It is still developing and it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the advances. However, keeping abreast of these developments is essential to fully exploit the advantages of this technique. In addition, knowledge of the ever-changing aspects of CAD is required in order to correctly interpret visual information in context of a particular patient. Finally, more clinical studies are needed to further define the role of echocardiographic techniques in patients with CAD.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine