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REVIEW  CARDIAC IMAGING IN CLINICAL PRACTICE 

Minerva Cardioangiologica 2017 December;65(6):589-600

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4725.17.04387-0

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cardiac imaging in patients with acute or chronic heart failure

Giorgio FAGANELLO 1 , Sara DOIMO 2, 3, Concetta DI NORA 2, 3, Andrea DI LENARDA 1

1 Cardiovascular Center, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Trieste, Trieste, Italy; 2 Cardiovascular Department, “Ospedali Riuniti” di Trieste, Trieste, Italy; 3 Postgraduate School Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy


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In recent years, imaging techniques have revolutionized the diagnosis of heart failure (HF) and they are indispensable for clinical decision-making in patients with acute and chronic HF. Echocardiography remains a first-line test in HF and continues to provide valuable information on left ventricular and valvular function. However, there is increasing evidence to integrate imaging modalities such as cardiovascular magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography and computed tomography, in the clinical care. In the future, a need on appropriate utilization of the different tools will raise and it will represent a challenge for cardiovascular specialists. Cardiologists and physicians will require an adequate training, knowing strengths and limitations of all these imaging techniques.


KEY WORDS: Cardiac imaging techniques - Heart failure - Cardiovascular diseases

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