Echocardiography has become the method of choice for the assessment of patients with a known or suspected atrial septal defect. The majority of patients with defects can be identified by this method. In patients with inconclusive transthoracic studies, transesophageal echocardiography is useful for identification or exclusion of a defect. Echocardiography is useful for quantification of left‐to‐right shunting, identification of associated anomalies, and estimation of pulmonary pressures. Cardiac catheterization can be reserved for patients who require measurement of pulmonary vascular resistance, those who have a significant risk of coronary artery disease, and those with complex congenital heart disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Sep 1993|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine