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Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Aortic Stenosis Low Flow, Low Gradient: What’s the hype?!

We've all been in this situation.... our patient appears to have a very tight, calcified aortic valve which visually appears to be moderate to severe aortic stenosis. As we scan through our protocol, we obtain a peak aortic valve velocity of 3.3 m/s and mean pressure gradient (PG) of 23.6 mmHg. The...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

3 Additional Methods to Evaluating the AVA

Last week we broke down the continuity equation to evaluate the severity of aortic stenosis. This week, we are going to discuss other methods that can be used to evaluate the severity of aortic stenosis. This blog will cover the following methods: AVA Planimetry Indexed Continuity...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Top 5 Factors to Consider when Evaluating for AS

Last week we broke down the methodology of the continuity equation to calculate the aortic valve area (AVA). If you missed it, you can find it HERE. The ASE guideline recommends using the continuity equation calculated AVA, peak aortic jet velocity and mean pressure gradient to evaluate and...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Aortic Stenosis: Breaking Down the Continuity Equation

The evaluation and screening of aortic stenosis is a routine calculation performed on all complete echocardiograms. The detailed evaluation involves multiple key parameters that make up the equation that determines the aortic valve area (AVA). With echo being the gold-standard to evaluating and...
Written by Judith Buckland, MBA, RDCS, FASE

Echo Accreditation: 5 Tips for Easier Case Study Selection

Whether you are seeking your first echo accreditation with the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission or getting ready for your re-accreditation, selecting case studies for submission is often one of the most challenging aspects.  We know that day in, and day out, you perform quality studies...

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