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Pathophysiology of Cardiac Tamponade

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes
Publication Date: March 14, 2019
Expiration date: March 14, 2025
Reviewed: March 13, 2022


Pericardial diseases are a diverse group of disorders that relate to both cardiac and non-cardiac processes. With the increasing prevalence of heart surgery, interventional procedures, immunosuppression, and radiation therapy, these conditions are becoming increasingly common. Modern imaging with CT, echo, or cardiac MRI allows for more accurate diagnosis while techniques in the cardiac catheterization laboratory allow precise definition of physiology and potential platforms for treatment.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To describe the cardiac and non-cardiac etiologies of pericardial disease
  • To review the role of the normal pericardium and pericardial fluid
  • To discuss the pericardial stress-strain relationship

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. His clinical practice includes complex percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Ragosta is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UVA and author of numerous textbooks related to cardiac catheterization and hemodynamic interpretation.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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