Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function by the Intensivist

Chest. 2018 Mar;153(3):723-732. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.10.032. Epub 2017 Nov 4.


The assessment of left ventricular diastolic function is an important element of advanced critical care echocardiography. Standard methods of evaluating diastolic function that are routinely performed on an elective basis in the cardiology echocardiography laboratory may be difficult to apply in the critical care unit. In this article, we review methods of measuring diastolic function with echocardiography that are of relevance to the intensivist and present two options for measurement: the standard cardiology method and a simplified approach.

Keywords: critical care; diastolic function; echocardiography.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care*
  • Diastole / physiology*
  • Echocardiography / methods*
  • Humans
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology*