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REVIEW  CARDIAC IMAGING IN CLINICAL PRACTICE 

Minerva Cardioangiologica 2017 December;65(6):638-47

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4725.17.04390-0

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Cardiac imaging in patients with arterial hypertension

Francesco ANTONINI-CANTERIN 1, 2, Elisa LEIBALLI 2, Flavia MARTINIS 1, 2 , Daniela PAVAN 2

1 Unit of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Sacile/CRO, Aviano, Pordenone, Italy; 2 Department of Cardiology, AAS5 Friuli Occidentale, Pordenone, Italy


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Hypertension is considered the major modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Conventional echocardiography is the most common and used imaging technique and can detect anatomical and functional changes easily in a real-time, quick, noninvasive and relatively inexpensive manner. Other imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging and 3-D echocardiography gained an increasing role in selected patients, as well as the study of arterial stiffness, also using ultrasonographic echo-tracking methods. This review analyzes the role of echocardiography and other imaging techniques in the evaluation of the cardiovascular effects of hypertension.


KEY WORDS: Hypertension - Echocardiography - Vascular stiffness - Magnetic resonance imaging

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