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Advanced Coronary Angiography

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .75
Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2027


Coronary angiography is probably the most critical aspect of cardiac catheterization and is required in multiple clinical settings. Patients may present with stable chest pain syndromes, acute coronary syndromes, or life-threatening myocardial infarction, with other cardiac abnormalities such as valvular heart disease, or with other non-cardiac conditions requiring knowledge of coronary anatomy for safe management.

The technology and clinical techniques for coronary angiography have evolved rapidly over the years, but the fundamental understanding of normal coronary anatomy, pathological findings, and the imaging of bypass grafts still requires a basic understanding of coronary anatomy and pathology. In this lecture, Dr. Ragosta defines the important aspects of advanced coronary artery imaging with additional focus on coronary artery bypass grafts.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To specify arterial characteristics that make diagnostic images difficult to attain
  • To correctly identify bypass graft anatomy and pathology
  • To anticipate and compensate for more advanced diagnostic challenges in coronary angiography

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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