Screening for left ventricular dysfunction using a hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device

Eleni C. Vourvouri, Arend F L Schinkel, Jos R T C Roelandt, Frans Boomsma, Georgios Sianos, Manolis Bountioukos, Fabiola B. Sozzi, Vittoria Rizzello, Jeroen J. Bax, Haralambos I. Karvounis, Don Poldermans

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Background: The hand-carried cardiac ultrasound (HCU) device is a recently introduced imaging device, which may be potentially useful in the primary care setting. Aim: To test the screening potential of a HCU for the detection of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction by evaluating LV ejection fraction (LVEF) and inferior vena cava (IVC) collapse. Standard echocardiographic system (SE) and plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) measurements were used as a reference. Methods: Eighty-eight consecutive patients (56 male, aged 59±12 years) with suspected LV dysfunction were enrolled in the study. The HCU-LVEF was visually estimated and the SE-LVEF was derived by the Simpson's biplane method. A LVEF

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-774
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Heart Failure
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • Brain natriuretic peptide
  • Hand-carried ultrasound device
  • Inferior vena cava collapse
  • Left ventricular dysfunction
  • Ultrasound stethoscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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