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Course Aim

To provide a foundation for rural and remote medical practitioners to add basic echocardiography to their bedside clinical assessment.


Course Curriculum and Learning Outcomes

An approach to basic echocardiography:

  • The role of bedside echo in rural and remote practice

  • Use of hand-held echo devices

  • Physics of echo – what you need to know

  • Understanding your echo machine – Button-ology

  • Image acquisition, optimisation and interpretation

  • Common echo windows

  • Different modes of echo

  • Echo Artifacts

  • Trouble shooting, common errors and limitations of echo

Cardiac anatomy and physiology as it relates to echocardiography:

  • Understanding normal cardiac anatomy and physiology

  • What echo can and can’t demonstrate

  • Assessment of ventricular structure and function, atrial structure and associated anatomy including pericardium, aorta & vena-cava

  • Assessment of valvular structure and function

Common and relevant cardiac pathology assessed by echocardiography:

  • Left ventricular systolic dysfunction – regional vs global and severity

  • Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade

  • Common valvular pathologies – identifying severe & clinically relevant disease

  • Spotlight on rheumatic heart disease – acute valvulitis, chronic valvular dysfunction and screening of sub-clinical disease

  • Assessment of the right heart and its relation to cardiac and non-cardiac pathology

  • Assessment of inferior vena-cava and fluid status

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