New Diastolic Heart Failure Patient Sheet Available

ASE is pleased to add “A Hardworking Muscle Needs to Relax: Information for the Diastolic Heart Failure Patient” to our online offerings designed to facilitate physician-patient conversations. The ASE PR Committee developed this document as a part of their role in summarizing specific ASE Guidelines in general terms for patients to understand. Sherif Nagueh, MD, FASE, chair of the writing group for the Recommendations for the Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function by Echocardiography: An Update from the ASE and the EACVI, and Federico Asch, MD, FASE, former ASE Guidelines & Standards Committee chair, were also key volunteers in creating this latest piece. It outlines the importance of recognizing symptoms, visiting the doctor, and how an echocardiogram can help with diagnosis and guiding a treatment plan. This is the second in a series of patient-focused documents. The first featured information on echo’s role in cardio-oncology. We hope ASE members will find these helpful in making sure patients have the information they need to make the right healthcare choices. If you have other ideas for new ASE resources you would like to share with your patients, email aporter@asecho.org.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.