Echocardiography Assessment of Aortic Valve and Associated Pathologies: Part 2
Echocardiography is the key tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of aortic stenosis. Because clinical decision-making is based on the echocardiographic assessment of its severity, it is essential that standards be adopted to maintain accuracy and consistency across echocardiographic laboratories. The course will discuss some anatomical considerations that focus in particular on the optimization of left ventricular outflow tract assessment, low flow, low gradient aortic stenosis with preserved ejection fraction, an up-to-date classification of aortic stenosis by gradient, flow and ejection fraction, and a grading algorithm for an integrated and stepwise approach of aortic stenosis assessment in clinical practice.
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Cardiologists and Sonographers
- Describe the pathophysiology and morphologic assessment of the aortic valve.
- Review basic assessment of AS severity: AS peak jet velocity, mean transvalvular pressure gradient and aortic valve area by continuity equation.
- Recognize common sources of error for area and gradient measurements, including LVOT diameter measurements and Doppler beam alignment with the flow jet(s).
- Review advanced assessment of AS severity: basic grading criteria, low flow-low gradient AS with reduced and preserved ejection fraction.
- Recognize assessment of the LV in the presence of AS.
- Identify aortic regurgitation and dilated aortic root.
- Describe prognostic markers and follow-up assessment.
Elliott J. Elias, M.D., MPH, FACC, FASE
Medical Director of Cardiac and Structural Imaging
Baptist Health Medical Group
Baptist Health Quality Network
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital of Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospital
Elliott J. Elias, M.D., disclosed that he is a member of the speaker’s bureau for Abbott Laboratories, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation(s) or discussion(s).
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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Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been approved for 2 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-785414, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.
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