EuroEcho: Imaging essential to heart disease diagnosis

Diagnosis of cardiovascular disease would be impossible without imaging, according to comments from Gilbert Habib, president-elect of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), at EuroEcho-Imaging 2013 in Istanbul.

Habib added that overall knowledge of different imaging techniques allows clinicians to select the most appropriate strategy for individual patients.

The key message at EuroEcho this year is that several imaging techniques are now available, Habib told attendees at the four-day forum of scientific sessions.

In addition, recent advances in minimally invasive percutaneous interventions would not have been possible without parallel developments in cardiac imaging, Habib said, which allows for the precise guidance of catheters, optimization of results, and detection of complications.

Young investigators presented their work at this meeting and were awarded for their presentations. One noteworthy study came from Dr. Maja Cikes from Zagreb, Hungary, on the effect of afterload on left ventricular function, as evaluated by myocardial deformation.

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