July JASE – Review Article for Your CME

Every issue of JASE includes an opportunity for ASE members to obtain CME. This month’s article with CME is a review, “Advances in Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis: Echocardiographic, Pathophysiologic, and Hemodynamic Considerations,” by Jeffrey J. Silbiger, MD. This issue also includes the ASE Consensus Statement on hypersensitivity reactions to ultrasound enhancing agents in patients with allergy to polyethylene glycol. Clinical investigations explore echocardiographic assessment of LV filling pressure, electromechanical activation mapping by echocardiography, cardiac amyloidosis, total anomalous pulmonary venous connection in children, RV strain in children, and valvular heart disease, including “Natural History of Moderate Aortic Stenosis with Preserved and Low Ejection Fraction,” by Tomer D. Mann, MD, Itamar Loewenstein, MD, Eyal Ben Assa, MD, and Yan Topilsky, MD. Dr. Topilsky said that, “Our study suggests that moderate AS has detrimental prognostic implications, even when associated with preserved EF, or low gradients. A need arises to explore therapeutic strategies to alleviate the excess mortality in these patients.” Several brief research communications and letters to the editor round out the issue.

In addition, newly-installed ASE President Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE, writes about his vision for his ASE term, Jeffrey Astbury, MD, FASE, FACC, FASA, and Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE, write about achieving excellence in perioperative echocardiography for non-academic practices, and the education calendar outlines a multitude of learning options near and far.

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