Assessment of Myocardial Viability: A Review of Current Non Invasive Imaging Techniques

Ahmed Talib, Caroline Cheese, Iqbal Elfigih, Zainab Hamoudi, Abednego Mnisi, Elias Kangwa, Mohammad Khan Madni, Michael Y. Henein


Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most prevalent and
single most common cause of morbidity and mortality1 with
the resulting left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) an important
complication2. Worldwide, CAD accounts for 5.7 million new
cases per year, of these 1.3 million in Europe alone3. In addition,
it imposes a substantial share of health service resources and
expenses, an impaired quality of life, disability and high social
cost3,4. Furthermore, LVD itself has been shown to be a powerful
determinant of survival2, 5.

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