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Advanced Echo Detection of Heart Disease in Scleroderma

In our manuscript entitled “Unique Abnormalities in Right Ventricular Longitudinal Strain in Systemic Sclerosis Patients”, we utilized novel echocardiographic techniques for the detection of right ventricular abnormalities in a large cohort of systemic sclerosis patients. We found that standard measurements of right sided chamber size and function were not clinically abnormal in systemic sclerosis, however novel speckle-derived strain revealed a unique pattern of regional contractility. This pattern suggested the presence of right heart dysfunction that is not appreciable by standard echocardiographic imaging, and may serve to identify those patients who are at higher risk.

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