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Measurement Methods of Hemodynamics

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2024
Reviewed: March 6, 2021

Description:

An understanding of cardiac hemodynamics is fundamental to caring for patients with a broad range of cardiac and non-cardiac conditions including shock, pericardial disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and infection. The cardiac catheterization laboratory is the traditional venue for measuring and defining a patient’s hemodynamics. In this course, we will describe the methods and pitfalls of hemodynamic assessment.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To correctly identify the basic hemodynamic waves and the cardiac physiology which produce specific hemodynamics waves
  • To correctly identify the cardiac equipment needed to make specific hemodynamic measurements
  • To describe the indications for right-heart catheterization

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.

Lawrence W Gimple, MD

Dr. Gimple is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology.  He serves as the Director of Clinical Cardiology at the University of Virginia Health System with clinical interests in coronary artery disease, coronary stenting, and heart attack.

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

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