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#EchoFirst & diastolic dysfunction - what do you know about:
✅hydraulic forces
✅myocardial stiffness

Learn more in this talk I recently gave at Echo Australia 2022.


Did you know that #HydraulicForces:
✅are related to the relative size of the LA in relation to the LV?
✅contribute to left ventricular diastolic function?
✅associate independently with survival?
Myocardial #stiffness and #damping are mechanistic ⚙️properties of the LV that can be estimated by measuring the Doppler 🔊 E wave peak velocity, acceleration time ⏲️, and deceleration time ⏲️.

More in this separate thread:

Not all diastolic dysfunction manifests in the same way. HFpEF has increased damping, whereas HFrEF has increased stiffness.

All this an more are touched upon in this talk:

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Feb 10, 2022
Do you routinely measure #MAPSE?

Did you know that MAPSE beats #GLS and #LVEF regarding prognosis?

A new multicenter collab study out, led by @KellmanPeter


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Oct 28, 2020
When it comes to LV diastolic (dys)function, let's think of the LV like a spring, which is compressed during systole, and recoils during diastole.

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@strain_rate @load_dependent @DrWillWatson @shaunrobinson02 @leoshmu
The physics governing the recoil of a spring are well described as a damped harmonic oscillator, and it is well validated that the Doppler E-wave is governed by these same physics, aka parameterized diastolic filling (PDF) [].
This means that the shape of the E-wave can be excellently curve fit to a function that describes the behavior of a damped harmonic oscillator. Figure from
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