COMPARISON BETWEEN TRANSPULMONARY VENOUS FLOW AND TISSUE DOPPLER OF DIASTOLIC FUNCTION IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS
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Background: Systemic arterial hypertension has clearly been shown to be a major factor in the enhanced incidence of cardiac morbidity and mortality. Relaxation abnormalities are one of the earliest manifestations of cardiac dysfunction and frequently precede systolic dysfunction in hypertension. Severe diastolic dysfunction may cause pulmonary congestion even without any deterioration of systolic 'Unction. Thus assessment of left ventricular diastolic filling in individual patients is important from both the diagnostic and therapeutic points of view.