An understanding of cardiac hemodynamics is fundamental to caring for patients with a broad range of cardiac and non-cardiac conditions including shock, pericardial disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and infection. The cardiac catheterization laboratory is the traditional venue for measuring and defining a patient’s hemodynamics. In this course, we will describe the methods and pitfalls of hemodynamic assessment.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • To correctly identify the basic hemodynamic waves and the cardiac physiology which produce specific hemodynamics waves
  • To correctly identify the cardiac equipment needed to make specific hemodynamic measurements
  • To describe the indications for right-heart catheterization

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

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Estimated time to Complete: 10 minutes
Credit/contact hours: .25
Expiration date: March 7, 2021
Publication date: March 8, 2018

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Course Authors

Lawrence W Gimple, MD

Dr. Gimple is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology.
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Michael Ragosta III, MD

Professor of Medicine/Cardiology

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. 
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