From reviews of the previous editions: "Dr. Picano, one of the pioneers of stress echo, describes the pathophysiological basis of the technique extremely well. In addition, both the advantages and the limitations of the method are covered in a clear and comprehensive way. The book will be useful to cardiologists and even "non-experts" such as echo technicians and students". (Jos Roelandt, Cardiov Res; 1994; 28: 1: 143)"A narrative and enjoyable style - An extremely valuable and important book for those who practise stress echo and are interested in clinical and scientific aspects of the method". (H. P. Kuhl, Der Internist, 1999; 9: 958)"An extremely well written, unique Picano-style. This beautiful book is an essential part of every good cardiological library". (A. Boccanelli, G Ital Cardiol; 1998; 28:81)
From the contents: Stress Echocardiography (SE): A Historical Perspective. Anatomical and Functional Targets of Stress Testing. Symptoms and Signs of Myocardial Ischemia. Rational Basis of SE. Echocardiographic Signs of Ischemia. Segmentation of the Left Ventricle. Right Ventricular Ischemia in SE. Pathogenetic Mechanisms of Stress. Exercise Echocardiography. Dobutamine SE. Dipyridamole SE. Adenosine SE. Pacing SE. Ergonovine SE for the Diagnosis of Vasospastic Angina. Hyperventilation Test. Grading of Ischemic Response. Diagnostic Results and Indications. Echocardiographic Recognition of Myocardial Viability. Diagnostic Flowcharts. Prognosis. Tissue Harmonic Imaging, Anatomical M-Mode, and Three-Dimensional Imaging. New Technologies in SE: Tissue Doppler and Strain Rate Imaging. New Technologies in Stress Testing: Acoustic Quantification and Color Kinesis. Tissue Characterization. Transesophageal Echocardiography for Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease. Myocardial Contrast SE.