Background: Early recognition of acute sub-clinical allograft rejection is crucial after heart transplantation (HT). Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing rejection but carries risk owing to its invasiveness. Two-dimensional ultrasound speckle tracking imaging (STI) may reflect early change of global and segmental myocardial functions. We hypothesised that STI can detect sub-clinical rejection of transplanted heart.
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