A practical guide to assessment of ventricular diastolic function using Doppler echocardiography

J Am Coll Cardiol. 1996 Jun;27(7):1753-60. doi: 10.1016/0735-1097(96)00088-5.


Doppler assessment of diastolic function has become a standard part of routine echocardiographic examination and imparts information relevant to a patient's functional class, management and prognosis. This review describes the Doppler patterns of diastolic function relative to physical signs and physiology. A continuum of doppler patterns of diastolic function exists, including normal diastolic function, impaired relaxation, pseudonormal filling, restriction, constriction and tamponade. These patterns evolve from one to another in a single individual, with changes in disease evolution, treatment and loading conditions. New applications of continuous wave Doppler, color Doppler M-mode and Doppler tissue imaging are refining our understanding of diastolic function.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Diastole
  • Echocardiography, Doppler*
  • Echocardiography, Doppler, Color
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Heart Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Diseases / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Function, Left* / physiology