Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: Current Cardiology Reports
Assessing left ventricular diastolic and regional function is a crucial part of the cardiovascular evaluation. Diastolic function is as important as systolic function for left ventricular performance because it is the determinant of the ability of the left atrium and ventricle to fill at relatively low pressures. Additionally, diastolic function plays an important role in the management and prognosis of patients with symptoms and signs of heart failure. Technical advances in the imaging modalities have allowed a comprehensive noninvasive assessment of global and regional cardiac mechanics and precise estimation of cardiovascular hemodynamics. In this review, we will discuss and compare clinically available techniques and novel approaches using echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance, and computed tomography for the assessment of diastolic and regional left ventricular function.