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The unravelling of primary myocardial impairment in Marfan syndrome by modern echocardiography
  1. Anatoli Kiotsekoglou (anatoli9{at}hotmail.com)
  1. St George's, University of London, United Kingdom
    1. George R Sutherland (george.sutherland{at}stgeorges.nhs.uk)
    1. St George's, University of London, United Kingdom
      1. James C Moggridge (james.moggridge{at}stgeorges.nhs.uk)
      1. St George's, University of London, United Kingdom
        1. Dariush K Nassiri (nassiri{at}sgul.ac.uk)
        1. St George's, University of London, United Kingdom
          1. John Camm
          1. St George's, University of London, United Kingdom
            1. Anne H Child (achild{at}sgul.ac.uk)
            1. St George's, University of London, United Kingdom

              Abstract

              Use of echocardiography has dramatically changed the way patients with Marfan syndrome are diagnosed, monitored and treated. Due to the lethal nature of aortic complications, priority has been given to the assessment of the aortic root. Echocardiographic studies on patients with Marfan syndrome have also provided data supporting primary myocardial involvement although this evidence has remained controversial for several years. Use of more sensitive ultrasound techniques has demonstrated mild myocardial impairment in these patients. Biventricular function assessment should be added to the aortic root evaluation, so that appropriate treatment may be offered to support myocardial function.

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