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Pulmonary vein Doppler flow in a patient with fatigue and dyspnoea
  1. Jasneet Kaur Devgun,
  2. Tharwat Nasser,
  3. James Lee
  1. Division of Cardiology, Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Lee, Heart and Vascular Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 48202, USA; jlee24{at}

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Clinical introduction

A woman in her 80s with a medical history of uncontrolled hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diet-controlled pre-diabetes presented to a primary care physician’s office with fatigue and dyspnoea on exertion of 2–3 months’ duration. The patient reported no chest pain, paroxysmal dyspnoea or orthopnoea. Medications included atenolol 50 mg once a day. Blood pressure in the clinic was 158/75 mm Hg. An echocardiogram was performed.


Which of the following explains the pulmonary vein pulsed wave Doppler flow signal, as shown in figure 1?

Figure 1

Pulsed wave Doppler of the pulmonary vein on transthoracic echocardiogram.

  1. Blunting of systolic flow due to severe mitral regurgitation

  2. Atrioventricular conduction block

  3. Normal Doppler …

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