Functional characteristics of Loeffler’s endocarditis.
a Cine steady state free precession images (SSFP) in two and four chamber views. Thickened myocardial wall is indicated by doubled arrows. Altered myocardium in terms of subendocardial susceptibility artefacts can be seen in native contrast (arrow). The blue line marks the endocardial, the red line the epicardial contour used for myocardial strain analysis. b Systolic endocardial and epicardial global longitudinal strains (GLS) were altered compared to literature standards and an age-matched control (dotted blue line vs. continuous blue line for endocardial GLS; dotted red line vs. continuous red line for epicardial GLS). Epi- and endocardial borders revealed diastolic dysfunction in terms of delayed diastolic relaxation