The present clinical case shows that assessment of longitudinal strain in the coronary care unit using speckle tracking echocardiography can help to quantify myocardial damage in the context of acute coronary syndromes and detect changes otherwise not visible with semi-quantitative evaluation of wall motion.
aDepartment of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Italy
bDepartment of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Immunological Sciences, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy
Received 15 September, 2009
Revised 22 October, 2009
Accepted 17 November, 2009
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