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.
- Pulmonary hypertension
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine