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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 the left atrium (LA) towards the apex of left ventricle (LV) at a low-pressure filling state. When the heart is unable to fill properly, filling pressures increase...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Understanding the Basics: Physiology of Diastole

We are breaking down the basics of diastolic dysfunction into easy to understand blogs! Last week we discussed the topic of diastole and the 4 stages that occur during this phase within the cardiac cycle. If you missed it, you can read it here! This week, we are going to go a step further and...
Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

Understanding Diastole

In the past weeks we had guest writer, Michael Owen, share how to assess diastolic dysfunction.  He broke down the algorithm that ASE uses to evaluate the presence of dysfunction.  The full ASE article is long and intense.  Michael did a great job at simplifying the evaluation process.  While...
Written by Michael Owen RDCS, RVT

Mastering Diastology: Part 2

Guest Writer:  Michael Owen Last week we discussed the algorithm for determining the presence of diastolic function in patients with normal ejection fraction (EF). This week, we are going to discuss determining the presence of diastolic function in patients with depressed EF or pathologic left...
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...

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