Functional Evaluation of the Heart by Transesophageal Echocardiography

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The noninvasive echocardiographic evaluation of ventricular performance is an essential tool in the clinician’s assessment and management of children and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). However the unique anatomic and physiologic features in these patients, which include nonstandard ventricular geometries as well as variable loading conditions, can make the quantitative assessment of ventricular function challenging, particularly by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Newer echocardiographic methods are enabling more accurate and quantitative evaluation of ventricular performance, both by the transthoracic as well as the transesophageal approach. This chapter discusses the current applications of TEE in the evaluation of ventricular function in patients with CHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransesophageal Echocardiography for Congenital Heart Disease
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781848000643
ISBN (Print)9781848000612
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Congenital heart disease
  • Diastolic function
  • Myocardial performance
  • Pediatric acquired heart disease
  • Systolic function
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Ventricular function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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