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Serial speckle tracking and successful post-STEMI percutaneous coronary intervention: incremental value versus visual wall motion analysis

Schiano Lomoriello, Vincenzo; Galderisi, Maurizio; Rapacciuolo, Antonio; Santoro, Alessandro; Maresca, Gennaro; Ferrara, Liberato Aldo; Piscione, Federico; de Simone, Giovanni

Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: October 2010 - Volume 11 - Issue 10 - p 768–771
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e3283356f22
Images in cardiovascular medicines

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

Correspondence to Dr Maurizio Galderisi, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cardioangiology Unit, Edificio 1, Federico II University Hospital, Via S. Pansini 5, 80131, Naples, Italy Tel: +39 81 7462013; fax: +39 81 5466152; e-mail:

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