What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Because of the fluid shift involved during the operative repair of AAA, cardiac function should be assessed by means of echocardiography. Ascertaining the ejection fraction of the patient facilitates planning of the operative intervention and institution of cardiac protective measures as needed. This study is particularly indicated in patients with a history of congestive heart failure or known cardiac enlargement.


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