The echo-Doppler evaluation of left ventricular diastolic function. A current perspective

Cardiol Clin. 2000 Aug;18(3):513-46, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8651(05)70159-4.


The role of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function in health and disease is still incompletely understood and under appreciated by most primary care physicians and many cardiologists. Physical examination, electrocardiogram, and chest radiographs are unreliable in making the diagnosis of LV diastolic dysfunction in most individuals, and invasive measurements of cardiac pressures, rates of LV relaxation, and LV compliance are costly, clinically impracticable as they carry increased risk, and require special catheters and software analysis programs. The authors address the definition of LV diastolic dysfunction, history of diastole, LV filling patterns, pulmonary venous flow velocity variables, additional ancillary data, practical echo-Doppler evaluation of LV diastolic function, and limitations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diastole / physiology*
  • Echocardiography, Doppler*
  • Hemodynamics / physiology
  • Humans
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology*