BLOCK 5: Left Ventricular Function
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Learning Objectives By Lesson
Basic Measurements
  • Identify various linear measurements used to evaluate left ventricular function
  • Describe how to determine left ventricular ejection fraction using linear measurements
  • Describe how to determine left ventricular mass using linear measurements
  • List the various categories of left ventricular hypertrophy and how to differentiate them
  • Explain how to assess left ventricular wall motion
LV Volumes dP/dt
  • Explain Simpson’s rules of discs for determining left ventricular volume
  • Describe why biplane views are needed to determine left ventricular volumes
  • Describe the purpose of determining left ventricular volumes
  • Explain the value of 3D versus 2D left ventricular measurements
  • Describe what dP/dt represents and its clinical significance
Deformation Analysis (Pt 1)
  • Explain what speckle tracking is and its clinical application
  • Describe deformation analysis and list its possible parameters
  • Describe what myocardial strain is and list the possible strain analyses
  • Explain how to calculate strain and strain rate in different orthogonal planes
Deformation Analysis (Pt 2)
  • Explain why longitudinal strain is the most commonly used strain parameter
  • Describe how strain and strain rate are obtained clinically
  • List potential practical limitations to be aware of when evaluating strain
  • List conditions in which strain imaging can provide incremental clinical value

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