The Heart Beat of Cardiology: Practical Application of Echocardiography

Heart Beat of Cardiology

The Heart Beat of Cardiology: Practical Application of Echocardiography

The Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

12/7/2017 - 12/9/2017


The Heart Beat of Cardiology is a premier educational venue for echocardiography in clinical practice. This is held collaboratively with the University of Chicago Medical Center. The program is designed to accommodate the evolving needs of inquisitive attendees.

Topics covered include will include practical knobology and imagine acquisition live scanning, echocardiography, endocardial/pericardial disease, ischemic heart disease, vascular health, contrast, heart failure, diastolic function, new technologies, and valvular heart disease.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and quantitate valvular heart disease severity, apply current guidelines, and use the ASE standard for quantification
  • Apply conventional and tissue Doppler techniques to diastolic function analysis
  • Interpret stress echocardiographic examinations
  • Differentiate athletes heart from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

This program is designed for adult cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses, cardiac sonographers, and fellows in training. Participants should have practical knowledge of echocardiography.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

6:00-7:00 p.m. Pre-Registration
Great Lakes Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor

Thursday, December 7, 2017

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
Great Lakes Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor
8:15 a.m. Welcome
Drs. Steve Ommen and Roberto Lang
  Valvular Heart Disease - I
Dr. Steve Ommen, presiding
8:30 a.m. The Most Important Publications (and Their Implications) in Aortic Valve Disease in the Past Year
Robert Bonow, M.D.
9:00 a.m. Aortic Stenosis: Evaluation of Severity
Roberto Lang, M.D.
9:30 a.m. Aortic Stenosis: Area-Gradient Mismatch
Steven Lester, M.D.
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. Aortic Regurgitation: Evaluation of Severity and Clues to Management
Roberto Lang, M.D.
11:00 a.m. TAVR: An Interventionalist's Viewpoint on the Evaluation, and When to Say No
Peter Pollak, M.D.
11:30 a.m. Brief Case Presentation and Panel Discussion
Mr. Robert Young, Drs. Bonow, Lang, Lester, and Pollak; Dr. Ommen, moderator
12:00 p.m. Lunch
  Valvular Heart Disease - II
Dr. Roberto Lang, presiding
1:00 p.m. The Most Important Publications (and Their Implications) in Mitral Valve Disease in the Past Year
Robert Bonow, M.D.
1:30 p.m. Non-Surgical Mitral Valve Interventions - Current State and What to Look for in the Future
Peter Pollak, M.D.
2:00 p.m. Interventional Echo - Guidance of Valve Related Procedures
Roberto Lang, M.D.
2:30 p.m. Brief Case Presentation and Panel Discussion
Mr. Robert Young, Drs. Bonow and Pollak; Dr. Lang, moderator
3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m. Clinical Application of Strain Imaging Where it Makes a Difference!
Steven Lester, M.D.
4:00 p.m. Practical Knobology and Image Acquisition - Live Scanning
Dr. Roberto Land and Ms. Lynn Weinert
5:15 p.m. Adjourn

Friday, December 8, 2017

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  The Right Heart and Other Unique Situations
Dr. Steve Ommen, presiding
8:30 a.m. Tricuspid Valve Disease and When to Intervene
Roberto Lang, M.D.
9:00 a.m. Evaluation and Management of the Right Heart Failure
Grace Lin, M.D.
9:30 a.m. Congenital Echocardiography Primer
Naser Ammash, M.D.
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. Evaluation of Athletes
Roberto Lang, M.D.
11:00 a.m. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Steve Ommen, M.D.
11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
Drs. Lang, Lin, and Ammash; Dr. Ommen, moderator
12:15 p.m. Lunch
  Stroke, Risk Management, Endocarditis
Dr. Roberto Lang, presiding
1:00 p.m. Endocarditis - Evaluation and When to Operate and When to Observe
Kirk Spencer, M.D.
1:30 p.m. CV Risk Assessment that Every Echocardiologist Needs to Understand
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
2:00 p.m. Evaluation for Stroke and Systemic Embolism
Kirk Spencer, M.D.
2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:45 p.m. Vascular Health Assessment: CIMT and Beyond
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
3:15 p.m. Marfan Syndrome: Evaluation and Management
Naser Ammash, M.D.
3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
Drs. Spencer, Lopez-Jimenez, and Ammash; Dr. Lang, moderator
4:15 p.m. Fellow Case Presentations and Faculty Discussion
University of Chicago Fellows and All Faculty
5:30 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, December 9, 2017

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  The Last Day!
Dr. Steve Ommen, presiding
8:00 a.m. Most Important Heart Failure Publications in the Past Year and What Does It Mean for Our Practice
Leslie Cooper, Jr., M.D.
8:30 a.m. Guidelines-Based Assessment of Diastolic Function. Practical Implications
Steven Lester, M.D.
9:00 a.m. Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction
Steve Ommen, M.D.
9:30 a.m. Amyloid and Sarcoid Heart Disease
Grace Lin, M.D.
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. Myocarditis Update
Leslie Cooper, Jr., M.D.
10:45 a.m. Constriction and Restriction
Steve Ommen, M.D.
11:15 a.m. Heart Failure Cases
Grace Lin, M.D.
11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion
Drs. Lester, Lin, and Cooper; Dr. Ommen, moderator
12:15 p.m. Conclusion
Drs. Steve Ommen and Roberto Lang



Roberto M. Lang, M.D.
Steve R. Ommen, M.D.

Naser M. Ammash, M.D.
Robert O. Bonow, M.D.
Leslie T. Cooper, Jr., M.D.
Steven J. Lester, M.D.
Grace Lin, M.D.
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.
Peter M. Pollak, M.D.
Kirk T. Spencer, M.D.
Lynn Weinert, RDCS
Robert D. Young, BA, MA, RDCS

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The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
909 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Group Rate: $179
Group Coupon: Mayo Clinic December Cardiology
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Commercial Support

This course offers the opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. If you are interested in exhibit space during this course, please contact Sheila Fick. Exhibits will be available for viewing at all scheduled breaks.

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