In memoriam Liv Hatle 1936-2023, pioneering echocardiologist

Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2023 Aug 26;24(11):1425-1429. doi: 10.1093/ehjci/jead206. Online ahead of print.


Professor Liv Hatle died in June 2023. In Trondheim, Norway, in the mid-1970s she was the first cardiologist to be given access to a PEDOF Doppler ultrasound system for clinical examinations, which she used to investigate cardiovascular haemodynamics non-invasively. She went on to establish methods for estimating valve gradients, pulmonary arterial pressure, and left ventricular diastolic function, that are still used today in millions of patients worldwide.