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- Received July 6, 1995
- Revision received February 9, 1996
- Accepted February 14, 1996
- Published online June 1, 1996.
- Gerald I. Cohen, MD,FACCa,∗,
- Joseph F. Pietrolungo, DO,FACCa,∗,
- James D. Thomas, MD,FACCa,∗ and
- Allan L. Klein, MD,FACCa,∗
- ↵∗Address for correspondence: Dr. Gerald I. Cohen, Sinai Hospital, Department of Cardiology, 6767 West Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48235.
Doppler assessment of diastolic function has become a standard part of routine echocardiographic examination and imparts information relevant to a patient's functional class, management and prognosis. This review describes the Doppler patterns of diastolic function relative to physical signs and physiology. A continuum of Doppler patterns of diastolic function exists, including normal diastolic function, impaired relaxation, pseudonormal filling, restriction, constriction and tamponade. These patterns evolve from one to another in a single individual, with changes in disease evolution, treatment and loading conditions. New applications of continuous wave Doppler, color Doppler M-mode and Doppler tissue imaging are refining our understanding of diastolic function.
- Received July 6, 1995.
- Revision received February 9, 1996.
- Accepted February 14, 1996.