What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of venous thromboembolism (VTE)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2020
  • Author: Vera A De Palo, MD, MBA, FCCP; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Echocardiography can demonstrate signs of right-side heart strain. Right ventricular dilatation, right ventricular hypokinesis, or tricuspid regurgitation may be present. Interventricular septum bulging into the left ventricle may be present, and the size of the left ventricle may be reduced. Echocardiography can also be used to identify signs of impending heart failure.


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