Analysis of left ventricular function in patients with myocardial infarction

Methodological problems and possible solutions
  • Alan G. Fraser
  • John H. Smyllie
  • Patricia E. Assmann
  • George R. Sutherland
  • Jos R. T. C. Roelandt
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 113)


Reduced left ventricular function is a major determinant of prognosis after myocardial infarction, so many acute interventions including thrombolysis are directed at preventing or reversing acute left ventricular damage. Assessment of the outcome of such therapies is necessary both for clinical decision making and for research, and requires accurate and reproducible methods of identifying or localising regions of abnormal function and of quantifying left ventricular function. Traditionally, the standard for such measurements has been biplane left ventricular cineangiography, but this is neither feasible in all patients in the acute phase after myocardial infarction nor applicable for repeated use during recovery and convalescence.


Acute Myocardial Infarction Wall Motion Left Ventricular Function Wall Motion Abnormality Left Ventricular Volume 
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  • Alan G. Fraser
  • John H. Smyllie
  • Patricia E. Assmann
  • George R. Sutherland
  • Jos R. T. C. Roelandt

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