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A Practical Guide for Reporting and Interpretation, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By Helen Rimington, John Chambers

CRC Press

239 pages | 99 Color Illus.

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Echocardiography: A Practical Guide for Reporting and Interpretation is a step-by-step guide to clinical echocardiography.

This new edition has been extensively revised and includes new international guidelines, grading criteria and normal data. The book presents an up-to-date discussion of echocardiography use in both acute and critical care settings and provides increased guidance for clinical interpretation, including how echocardiography can help inform surgical decisions. In addition, the content has been extended, particularly in the consideration of valve disease and cardiomyopathies.

Providing a pragmatic approach to clinical echocardiography, the book also covers examples of conditions requiring urgent clinical advice. It contains a summary of formulae as well as supporting online images and videos.


"My interpretation is that the authors have clearly achieved their ambition to produce a small but comprehensive, inexpensive practical and reference aid for Echocardiographers of all grades of experience. I consider that this book should be available within all Echo departments and additionally I strongly recommend all Echocardiographers to have their own personal copy." – Dr Gordon Williams, BSE Newsletter

"Technological advances and broadened knowledge about the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases have made echocardiography a very important part of the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disorders. This book differs from the classic textbooks and instead is an easy-to-read, step-by-step guidebook. It will serve as a valuable resource when echocardiographers need quick and practical information." – Ahmet Afsin Oktay, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation), Doody's Book Review Service

Table of Contents


Minimum Standard Echocardiogram

Organisation of a Report

Indications for Urgent Clinical Advice

Interpretation for the Non-Echocardiographer

Left Ventricular Dimensions and Function

LV Size and Wall Thickness

LV Systolic Function

LV Diastolic Function

Diastolic Heart Failure

Acute Coronary Syndrome


The Dilated Left Ventricle

The Hypertrophied Left Ventricle

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy


Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy/Dysplasia

The Right Ventricle

Pulmonary Pressure and Hypertension

Aortic Valve Disease

Aortic Stenosis

Aortic Regurgitation

Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral Stenosis

Mitral Regurgitation

Specialist Pre and Post-Operative Assessment

Right-Sided Valve Disease

Tricuspid Regurgitation and Stenosis

Tricuspid Stenosis

Pulmonary Stenosis and Regurgitation

Replacement Heart Valves


Replacement Valves in the Aortic Position

Replacement Valves in the Mitral Position

Tricuspid Replacement Valves

Pulmonary Replacement Valves


The Aorta and Dissection

The Aorta


The Atria and Atrial Septum

The Left Atrium

The Right Atrium

The Atrial Septum

Adult Congenital Disease

Simple Defects

Systematic Study

Post-Procedure Studies

Pericardial Disease

Pericardial Effusion

Pericardial Constriction



Echocardiography in Acute and Critical Care Medicine

General Clinical Requests

Appropriateness Criteria for Echocardiography


Left Ventricle

Critical Care Monitoring

Valve Disease

Summary of Formulae


About the Authors

Helen Rimington, BSc, PhD, consultant cardiac physiologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK

John Chambers, MD, FESC, FACC, professor of clinical cardiology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Cardiology
MEDICAL / Critical Care
MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine