Echocardiography Screening for PH After PE
An essential tool for evaluation.
A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) helps physicians evaluate patients with suspected PH:18
- Enables indirect assessment of pulmonary arterial pressure
- Permits evaluation of intracardiac shunt or left-heart disease as causes of PH
Images courtesy of Dr Nick Kim, University of California, San Diego
- The following findings suggest PH18:
- Right ventricular dilatation or overload
- Right atrial enlargement, hypertrophy, and hypokinesis
- Tricuspid regurgitation
- An echocardiogram may be performed 6 weeks after acute PE to screen for persistent PH that may predict the development of CTEPH.21
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6 weeks after acute PE, an echocardiogram may help screen for persistent PH.