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Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Understanding the Basics: Evaluating Diastolic Function

Diastolic function is a complex process that simply refers to how well the heart performs during diastole as blood is suctioned from left atrium (LA) towards apex of left ventricle (LV) at a low-pressure filling state. When the heart is unable to fill properly, filling pressures increase in order...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Understanding the Basics: Pathophysiology of Diastole

Over the past weeks, we have gone back to the basics to have a good understanding of what occurs during diastole in order to properly evaluate diastolic function. If you've missed our prior blogs, you can find them here: Understanding Diastole Physiology of Diastole Our goal by the end...
Written by Michael Owen RDCS, RVT

Mastering Diastology: Part 1

This week starts off our diastolic function blog series with our guest blog writer, Michael Owen! We introduced our followers to him last week- if you  missed it, you can find it here! Our goal for this blog is to have a basic understanding of the normal ejection fraction (EF) algorithm for...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Correct Techniques to Acquire Diastology Measurements

This week we are kicking off the diastolic function guideline series, hosted by our guest blog writer Michael Owen! But first, we need to cover the basics on 'how-to' acquire the measurements needed to evaluate for diastolic function. The measurements needed to evaluate diastolic function...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Mitral Regurgitation Case Study!

Last week we walked through a case study demonstration, using the ASE's chronic mitral regurgitation (MR) algorithm. This week, we have another case study to present-- let's see how you quantify the severity of MR! Chronic MR Algorithm Chart: Patient History: 60 year old female presented for...

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