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4/1/18 2:47 pm
Simply a great lecture.
“Echo Evaluation for Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)”
CME Information: 1.0 credits
Release date: December 2017 Valid through: December 2020
Introduction/Statement of Need:
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are increasing used to treat end stage heart failure. Imaging is a central component of the pre-operative evaluation and post implant surveillance and diagnosis of dysfunction. Echocardiographic assessment of LVADs, however, can be complex, involving an understanding of the placement and working of LVADs, as well as the effect on the circulation and modes of dysfunction. In addition, different imaging planes are often required to visualize ad interrogate LVAD structures. Ideally, echocardiographers would incorporate a systematic approach for patients with LVADs that takes into account the unique elements involved in LVAD function. It is intended that this webinar will provide an overview of imaging LVADs, incorporating imaging recommendations from the guideline document, Echocardiography in the Management of Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography, JASE, August 2015.
This activity is designed for all cardiac sonographers and cardiovascular physicians with a primary interest and knowledge base in the field of echocardiography; in addition, residents, researchers, clinicians, intensivists, and other medical professionals.
At the end of this activity the viewer will better be able to:
List 3 echocardiographic findings that will alter the surgical approach to LVAD implantation
Describe the special emphases that should be part of a comprehensive post-implant TTE
Describe the 3 echocardiographic examinations involving speed changes
List 3 important considerations in imaging temporary mechanical circulatory support devices
The American Society of Echocardiography is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society of Echocardiography designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM). Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
ARDMS, CCI and Sonography Canada recognize ASE’s certificates and have agreed to honor the credit hours toward their registry requirements for sonographers.
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James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE
According to ACCME policy, ASE implemented mechanisms to resolve all conflicts of interest prior to the planning and implementation of this activity.
The following authors reported no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this document:
James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE
The following authors reported relationships with one or more commercial interests:
The following peer reviewers and ASE Staff reported no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this document:
Richard Brandon Stacey, MD, FASE; Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE; Christina LaFuria; Mary Lawson
The following peer reviewers, ASE Staff and CME editors reported relationships with one or more commercial interests:
Method of Participation: Online Only
Estimated Time to Complete this Activity: 1.0 hours
Receiving CME Credit:
To receive online CME credit for this activity, read the full activity then complete the posttest and evaluation. A score of 70% or higher is required for successful completion. You will be able to print your CME certificate immediately following successful completion of the posttest and evaluation.
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