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Written by Judith Buckland, MBA, RDCS, FASE

4 Things Needed To Rule Out a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

A Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) It is a slit-like defect resulting from an incomplete fusion of the foramen ovale within the atrial septum. 20-25% of the population have a PFO and echocardiography is often used to diagnosis it. This week we will review the 4 things needed to rule out a PFO during...
4 Things Needed To Rule Out a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
Written by Judith Buckland, MBA, RDCS, FASE

What I Wish You Knew about Secondary MR and Vena Contracta Width (VCW)!

Vena Contracta Width (VCW) In last week's blog, we reviewed the correct way to measure the vena contracta width (VCW) This week we will review how MR mechanisms (primary v. secondary MR) affect the accuracy of MR vena contracta. Recap: Vena Contracta is the narrowest portion of the MR...
What I Wish You Knew about Secondary MR and Vena Contracta Width (VCW)!
Written by Judith Buckland, MBA, RDCS, FASE

How to Measure MR Vena Contracta Width (VCW)

Mitral Regurgitation It is estimated that over 4 million people in the United States have significant mitral regurgitation. Untreated severe mitral regurgitation decreases life quality and has a high mortality rate.  With the advancement of technology, including the MitraClip, more...
How to Measure MR Vena Contracta Width (VCW)

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