Diastolic function: a sonographer's approach to the essential echocardiographic measurements of left ventricular diastolic function

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2007 Feb;20(2):199-209. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2006.08.005.


Noninvasive assessment of left ventricular filling pressures by echocardiography has been validated by invasive hemodynamic studies and correlated with clinical findings. A comprehensive echocardiographic examination based on the referral diagnosis and patient symptomatology routinely includes efforts to measure specific parameters of left ventricular diastolic function. We provide a step-by-step approach to goal-directed echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diastole*
  • Echocardiography / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Manometry / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnostic imaging*