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Written by Judith Buckland, MBA, RDCS, FASE

CardioServ Trivia: Echo case studies and tips

Did you know that we post CardioServ trivia regularly on Instagram and Facebook? Don't miss out! It's a fun way to test your echo knowledge! Whether through posts or videos there is always something new to learn. We have several trivia categories. What category would you like us to...
CardioServ Trivia: Echo case studies and tips
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)
Written by Judith Buckland, MBA, RDCS, FASE

Grading MR Severity with Echo

Do we still use Grade I - Grade IV? We recently received a question from one of our readers regarding grading MR severity with echo. The question was, "Are any labs still using stage I-IV for grading mitral regurgitation? I still see some reports using this grading system. Is there a...
Grading MR Severity with Echo

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