Intraoperative assessment of myocardial function

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Techniques and clinical applications for assessing left ventricular global and regional function during cardiovascular anesthesia are reviewed. Transesophageal echocardiography has provided an important and novel method for the assessment of myocardial function not previously available by conventional pulmonary artery catheter monitoring. The different methods and clinical applications for assessing myocardial function with echocardiography, techniques that many anesthesiologists may not be familiar with, are also reviewed.

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