Strengths and weaknesses of echocardiography for the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension

Michele D'Alto, Eduardo Bossone, Alexander R. Opotowsky, Stefano Ghio, Lawrence G. Rudski, Robert Naeije

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Doppler echocardiography is extensively used in clinical practice for the screening and detection of pulmonary hypertension (PH). It allows for accurate estimates of pulmonary artery pressures, but with moderate precision, which explains why it is more appropriate for population studies than for definitive diagnosis of PH in individual patients. Moreover, echocardiography allows one to distinguish different patterns of right ventricular remodelling in various forms of PH and enables clinically satisfactory differentiation between pre- and post-capillary PH. This article will review the methods for evaluating PH by echocardiography, while also providing an insight into specific strengths and weaknesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2018


  • Diagnosis
  • Echocardiography
  • Pulmonary hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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