Left ventricular function in liver cirrhosis: An echocardiographic study

B. S. Lewis, R. Tur-Kaspa, N. Lewis, M. S. Gotsman, M. Eliakim

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Left ventricular (LV) size and function were studied by echocardiography and measurement of systolic time intervals in 14 patients with liver cirrhosis. There was a small increase in LV end-diastolic dimension, and an increase in systolic ventricular performance, calculated stroke dimension and stroke and cardiac indices. Mean blood pressure was low normal. Preejection period was shortened and the preejection period/LV ejection time ratio, decreased. The data indicate that patients with liver cirrhosis have mild LV enlargement, reduced peripheral resistance and an increase in measurements of systolic LV performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-495
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1980
Externally publishedYes


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