a1 Departments of Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiology, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
We report an infant with an abnormal left coronary artery arising from the pulmonary trunk in whom, subsequent to surgical repair, sequential improvements in regional left and right systolic and diastolic myocardial function were quantified by the new ultrasound-based method of regional strain and strain rate imaging. The regional radial and longitudinal myocardial function of the left ventricle was homogeneously reduced prior to repair, while the time course of their recovery differed subsequent to repair. We discuss the concepts and advantages behind this quantitative approach to monitoring regional myocardial function in children.
(Accepted August 18 2000)
(Online publication July 01 2011)
c1 Correspondence to: Professor George R. Sutherland, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, B–3000 Leuven, Belgium. Tel +32 16 344372; Fax +32 16 3434 67; E-mail: email@example.com