Progression of Left Ventricular Myocardial Dysfunction in Systemic Sclerosis: A Speckle-tracking Strain Echocardiography Study.

Affiliation

From the Department of Cardiology, Heart Lung Center, and the Department of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands. [Email]

Abstract

Cardiac involvement is a main cause of mortality in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Its detection remains challenging using conventional echocardiography and little is known about its potential progression. This study assessed changes in cardiac performance over time in a prospective cohort of patients with SSc, including echocardiographic speckle-tracking strain analysis.

Keywords

2-DIMENSIONAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY,LEFT VENTRICULAR DYSFUNCTION,MYOCARDIAL DISEASES,SYSTEMIC SCLEROSIS,

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