Echocardiography is one of the most important tests in the evaluation of known or suspected pulmonary hypertension. A well performed echocardiogram provides an accurate estimation of pulmonary pressures and a host of critical prognostic variables including integrative pulmonary arterial hemodynamics, right-sided structural and functional parameters.
- Identify the necessary components of a comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram in patients with pulmonary hypertension
- Calculate pulmonary artery pressures including mean pressure based on information obtained from an echocardiogram, understanding the potential pitfalls to accuracy.
- Recognize the echocardiographic parameters that indicate severity of disease in patients with pulmonary hypertension
- Describe the echocardiographic patterns in various groups of pulmonary hypertension
Garvin C. Kane, M.D., Ph.D., FASE, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Co-Director, Cardiovascular Ultrasound Imaging and Hemodynamic Laboratory
Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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