The Role of Speckle Strain Echocardiography in the Diagnosis of Early Subclinical Cardiac Injury in Cancer Patients-Is There More Than Just Left Ventricle Global Longitudinal Strain?

Research paper by Michal M Laufer-Perl, Dan D Gilon, Livia L Kapusta, Zaza Z Iakobishvili

Indexed on: 21 Jan '21Published on: 21 Jan '21Published in: Journal of clinical medicine


With the improvement in survival rate, cardiotoxicity has emerged as a significant adverse effect of cancer therapy. Early diagnosis of subclinical cardiac injury may allow the initiation of cardioprotective therapy and preventing the interruption of optimal cancer therapy and the development of irreversible cardiac dysfunction. In this article, we review the role of two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE), beyond the common left ventricle global longitudinal strain in the diagnosis of early subclinical cardiac injury in patients treated with cancer therapies.