Quantitative hemodynamics by Doppler echocardiography: a noninvasive alternative to cardiac catheterization

Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 1994 Jan-Feb;36(4):309-42. doi: 10.1016/s0033-0620(05)80037-4.


Doppler echocardiography has greatly enhanced the information provided by two-dimensional echocardiography. By providing information concerning pressure gradients, intracardiac pressures, volumetric flow, and diastolic filling of the heart, most hemodynamic information that in the past could be obtained only from cardiac catheterization can now be provided accurately and noninvasively by Doppler echocardiography. Future developments in instrument technology and understanding of the various Doppler velocity curves should further aid in the ability to obtain a complete, noninvasive hemodynamic assessment of the patient with cardiac disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Catheterization*
  • Echocardiography, Doppler*
  • Heart Valve Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hemodynamics / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Ventricular Outflow Obstruction / diagnostic imaging*