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Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism

Editor-in-Chief: Kiess, Wieland

Editorial Board Member: Darendeliler, Feyza / Gustafsson, Jan / Luo, Feihong / Mericq, Veronica / Lanes M. D., Roberto / Battelino, Tadej / Buyukgebiz, Atilla / Cassorla, Fernando / Chrousos, George P. / Cutfield, Wayne / Fideleff, Hugo L. / Hershkovitz, Eli / LaFranchi, Stephen H. / Mohn, Angelika / Root, Allen W. / Rosenfeld, Ron G. / Wabitsch, Martin / Werther, George / Zadik, Zvi

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Newer Doppler echocardiography techniques in assessment of heart function in obese patients

1 / Maria Carmo P. Nunes1 / Ana C. Simões e Silva1 / Márcia M. Barbosa2

1Department of Pediatrics/Echocardiography, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Avenida Alfredo Balena, 190 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 30130 100, Brazil

2Ecocenter, Socor Hospital, Avenida do Contorno, 10500 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 33303 030, Brazil

Corresponding author: José Augusto A. Barbosa, Avenida Alfredo Balena 190, Belo Horizonte 30130100, Brazil

Citation Information: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism. Volume 25, Issue 1-2, Pages 69–77, ISSN (Online) 2191-0251, ISSN (Print) 0334-018X, DOI: 10.1515/jpem.2011.357, December 2011

Publication History

Received:
2011-07-21
Accepted:
2011-10-24
Published Online:
2011-12-08

Abstract

Obesity is one of the major health problems of modern society. The prevalence of this condition has increased at an alarming rate, especially the most severe form (body mass index >40 kg/m2). The cardiovascular problems that generally accompany obesity are the focus of a large number of studies. Conventional echogram and more current modalities, such as tissue Doppler, strain and strain rate are valuable tools for the detection of subclinical dysfunction and the early diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Keywords: cardiac dysfunction; echocardiogram; obesity; strain; strain rate; tissue Doppler

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