Advances in Echocardiography: Strain Without Stress

Despite recent advances in clinical imaging, echocardiography remains the most accessible and reliable noninvasive imaging tool in the assessment of left ventricular systolic function. This lecture will address basic technique, current applications and diagnostic criteria of strain echocardiography of the left ventricle.  

Target Audience

Cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, echocardiography, respiratory therapists (direct delivery) and noninvasive vascular testing specialists and sonographers.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize basic concepts of strain echocardiography imaging. 
  • Identify the different applications of strain echocardiography imaging. 
  • Describe systematic protocol for left ventricular strain echocardiography imaging.
  • Demonstrate normal and abnormal strain echocardiography imaging findings and explain the criteria used in the diagnosis of disease.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Marwick, T. H., Shah, S. J., & Thomas, J. D. (2019). Myocardial strain in the assessment of patients with heart failure: a review. JAMA cardiology, 4(3), 287-294.
  • Omar, A. M. S., Bansal, M., & Sengupta, P. P. (2016). Advances in echocardiographic imaging in heart failure with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. Circulation research, 119(2), 357-374.
  • Singh, A., Voss, W. B., Lentz, R. W., Thomas, J. D., & Akhter, N. (2019). The diagnostic and prognostic value of echocardiographic strain. JAMA cardiology, 4(6), 580-588.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
12/01/2020
Course expires: 
11/30/2021

Socrates V. Kakoulides, M.D.
Cardiologist
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Baptist Health Medial Group
Miami, Florida 

Socrates V. Kakoulides, M.D., indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

Planning Group
Elliott J. Elias, M.D., disclosed that he is a member of the speakers bureau for Abbott Laboratories. 

Brian J. Schiro, M.D., disclosed that he receives grant/research support from Medtronic and that he is a member of the speakers bureau for Penumbra and Sirtex. 

Muhammad Hasan, MBBCh, RPVI, indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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