Link to Normal Doppler Values Of Fetal Cardiac Function

  1. Venous Circulation.
    Blood flow velocities may be recorded from the SVC, IVC or pulmonary veins. The IVC waveform's have been most closely studied and is measured from the segment of the vessel just distal to the entrance of the ductus venosus (1).
  2. Atrioventricular Valves.
    Flow velocity waveforms are recorded at the level of the mitral and tricuspid valves (just distal to the valve leaflets), and are characterized by two peaks. The E wave represents early ventricular filling, and the A wave represents atrial contraction. The E/A ratio is an index of ventricular diastolic function and is an expression of both cardiac compliance and preload (4,5). Normal E/A ratio.
  3. Outflow Tracts.
    Peak velocities and time to peak velocities are the most commonly used indices in the aorta and pulmonary artery (6,7). Peak velocity is influenced by valve size, myocardial contractility and afterload, wheras time to peak velocity is affected by mean arterial pressure (8).
  4. Ductus Arteriosus.
    Peak velocity or pulsatility index are measured (9).



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