8. Diastolic Ventricular Function Assessment

  1. Wyman W. Lai MD, MPH Director Associate Professor3,4,
  2. Luc L. Mertens MD, PhD Section Head Associate Professor5,6,
  3. Meryl S. Cohen MD Associate Professor Director7,8,9 and
  4. Tal Geva MD Professor of Pediatrics Chief10,11
  1. Peter C. Frommelt MD Associate Professor Director1,2

Published Online: 5 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306309.ch8

Echocardiography in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease: From Fetus to Adult

Echocardiography in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease: From Fetus to Adult

How to Cite

Frommelt, P. C. (2009) Diastolic Ventricular Function Assessment, in Echocardiography in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease: From Fetus to Adult (eds W. W. Lai, L. L. Mertens, M. S. Cohen and T. Geva), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306309.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Columbia University, USA

  2. 4

    Non-Invasive Cardiology Imaging, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, New York, NY, USA

  3. 5

    Echocardiography, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada

  4. 6

    University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

  5. 7

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  6. 8

    Echocardiography Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  7. 9

    Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, The Children' Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  8. 10

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  9. 11

    Division of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging, Department of Cardiology, Children' Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

  2. 2

    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 25 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174015

Online ISBN: 9781444306309



  • diastolic ventricular function assessment;
  • echocardiography tool in pediatric heart disease assessment;
  • mitral inflow;
  • echocardiographic techniques assessing diastolic function;
  • pulmonary vein compliance in paediatric pulmonary venous Doppler pattern;
  • pulmonary venous inflow;
  • color M-mode flow propagation;
  • new paradigm assessing diastolic function in pediatric patients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition and physiology of diastole

  • Echocardiographic techniques for assessing diastolic function

  • Diastolic disease

  • Diastolic function in pediatric patients without heart disease

  • Strategy for the echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function in children

  • Conclusions

  • References