ASE on the Road at ACC

Are you attending the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Annual Meeting in New Orleans this weekend? Make sure you stop by our Booth #1010 to pick up your FREE, updated ASE Guidelines thumb drive, and learn more about the latest ASE educational products including the recently released teaching slide sets on Comprehensive TTE. You can also register onsite for one of ASE’s valuable live educational courses, including the upcoming Review Course and the Annual Scientific Sessions in Portland, OR. The ACC Exhibit Hall and ASE’s booth will be open Saturday, March 16: 9:30 AM-4:45 PM CT, Sunday, March 17: 9:30 AM-4:45 PM CT, and Monday, March 18: 9:30 AM-2:00 PM CT.

There will be many ASE members speaking at the conference and cardiology-related sessions you will want to attend. Don’t miss the Imaging Highlights Session which will also feature ASE Past President Allan Klein, MD, FASE, and Bo Xu, MD, as they discuss the highlights in echocardiography.

Join ASEF Next Week for Spring Giving Day

Spring is right around the corner, and the ASE Foundation will be hosting its fourth annual Spring Giving Day to celebrate.

We’ve set a goal to raise $5,000 on Wednesday, March 20th. David Rubenson, MD, FASE, Co-Chair of the Annual Appeal Committee has already pledged $1,000! Spring into action and join Dr. Rubenson by making a pledge this Spring Giving Day! Every gift – big or small – brings us closer to our annual appeal target of $250,000 for the yearly funding drive.

Your gift on Spring Giving Day will foster the future of echocardiography by supporting scholarships and travel grants to young professionals in the field. Each and every gift you give to the ASE Foundation makes a difference in the projects you support and the people you help. 100% of all giving is allocated to charitable projects. Learn more here.

Simulation Echocardiography for Quality Control and Education | A Joint Presentation of IAC & ASE

ASE Founder, Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, FASE, will present a live webinar (followed by a Q&A session) Tuesday, March 26 at 1 PM ET entitled Simulation Echocardiography for Quality Control and Education. In addition, registered participants will receive 1.0 ASE CEU credit. Please note: To be eligible to receive the credit, participants must individually register and log in with their customized confirmation. Register here.

Do Not Beware the JASE of March (now online)!

The March JASE contains an article by Dustin Hang, MD et al, “Accuracy of Jet Direction on Doppler Echocardiography in Identifying the Etiology of Mitral Regurgitation in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.” The authors conclude that, “A posteriorly directed jet of MR in obstructive HCM correlates highly with SAM as the underlying pathophysiologic mechanism, but because of the low negative predictive value, clinicians should be cautious in using the jet direction of MR on preoperative transthoracic echocardiography to guide the decision for concomitant MV surgery during septal myectomy for HCM.” Complementing this article is an editorial comment from Ehud Schwammenthal, MD, PhD, Albert A. Hagege, MD, PhD, and Robert A. Levine, MD, “Does the Flow Know? Mitral Regurgitant Jet Direction and Need for Valve Repair in Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy.”

Other JASE articles include a state-of-the-art review of techniques and potential clinical applications of intracardiac flow analysis, and clinical investigations on aortic stenosis, risk management in transesophageal echocardiography, left atrial pressure and function assessments, three-dimensional right ventricular strain in pulmonary arterial hypertension, exercise echocardiography, echocardiography in children, along with several editorial correspondences. The President’s Message by Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE, in the Blue Pages explores, “Turbulence in the Policies and Practice of Point-of-Care Echocardiography.”

Enhance Your Practice with the Updated Best of ASE DVDs

Many new educational resources are being developed by ASE experts to help you enhance your practice. There is something for every level of training. Make sure you to log into your member portal to receive your discount. Here are two of the latest updated Best of ASE Volumes:

  • 2nd Edition: Best of ASE, Volume 5: Contrast Echocardiography
    This compilation is a comprehensive review of ultrasound enhancing agents (UEA) in echocardiography, from the basics to the cutting edge. The second edition covers everything that the general cardiologist, echocardiographer, or sonographer needs to know about UEAs in echocardiography.
  • 2nd Edition: Best of ASE, Volume 6: Echocardiographic Imaging of Native and Prosthetic Valves
    This valve lecture series includes a comprehensive overview of the latest in diagnostic evaluation and quantification of regurgitant and stenotic lesions as well as detailed discussions on the role of echocardiography in today’s surgical and catheter-based interventions.

Visit ASEMarketPlace.com to see all of ASE’s educational resources. If you are having trouble accessing your member portal, please contact ASE@ASEcho.org.

Call for Photos – Give Us Your Best Shot!

The ASE Foundation is accepting photo entries through March 31 for the 4th Annual “Images from the Heart” photo exhibit. The curated photo exhibit that will be on display during ASE 2019 in Portland will feature photographs taken while ASE members were participating in humanitarian or training events that were medical in nature. The photographs themselves need not be medically themed, but may capture faces of people met along the way, landscapes, cultural observations, etc. The ASEF photo exhibit will be open to entries by all members of ASE, regardless of whether the medical humanitarian event was sponsored by ASEF or another non-profit/NGO organization. Visit ASEFoundation.org/ImagesFromTheHeart for entry details.

Photo: “Enjoy my Cuban Ride” taken by Federico M. Asch, MD, FASE

Interested in Serving on an ASE Council Steering Committee?

Did you know Council membership is open to all ASE members with an interest in the field, regardless of their area of practice? Each of these Councils has a Steering Committee leadership group, that provides input and guidance to the organization for this area of practice. These volunteer positions include a ladder position to a seat on ASE’s Board of Directors for the Chair of the Council. All four ASE Council Steering Committees (Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, Perioperative Echocardiography, Vascular Ultrasound, and Cardiovascular Sonography) are now accepting applications/nominations for open positions through March 8, 2019. Please contact Natalya Read at nread@asecho.org for additional information.

New ASE Guideline in JASE on Performing TEE Exam in CHD Patients

The February JASE contains, “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic Examination in Children and All Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography.” The prior guideline for TEE was published in 2005 and focused on when to do it, how to do it, and who should do it. Writing group chair, Michael D. Puchalski, MD, FASE, said, “This new paper really expands on that in a significant way by providing a comprehensive protocol for image acquisition. We recommend numerous views to evaluate a wide variety of congenital heart conditions and have added 3D echo, which did not exist in 2005. The technologic advancements in the last decade or more have expanded the use of TEE to guide interventions in the catheterization lab and improve operative outcomes from the smallest babies to the oldest adult.”

Other JASE articles include a state-of-the-art review on pathophysiology and echocardiographic diagnosis of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and clinical investigations on three-dimensional echocardiography of the tricuspid valve, left atrial function and heart failure risk, cardio-oncology, echocardiographic markers of high risk Chagas cardiomyopathy, and fetal echocardiography along with a preclinical investigation on three-dimensional echocardiographic holography. James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE, and Alan S. Pearlman, MD, FASE, penned the article, “Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Echocardiography: What is Right and How Do We Do It?” based on the 2018 Richard Kerber Lecture on Ethics and Humanitarianism. The Blue Pages include the President’s Message by Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE, “Technology is Sometimes a Double-edged Sword,” and the COPE column, “Perioperative Echocardiography in a Multi-Disciplinary Care Team,” by Himani Bhatt, MD, MPA, FASE, and Sheela Pai Cole, MD, FASE.

There is Still Time to Register for SOTA – Final Program Available

There is Still Time to Register for SOTA – Final Program Available
You will not want to miss the 32nd Annual State-of-the-Art Echocardiography, February 16-18, 2019, that includes an expanded computer-based session, a sonographer-only session, TMVR, TAVR, LAA occlusion cases, and advance strain imaging. You will learn from a powerhouse team led by Drs. Bijoy Khandheria, William Zoghbi, and Roberto Lang. During the course, over 100 cases will be presented on themes of structural heart disease, myocardial and pericardial disease, coronary artery disease, and interventional echocardiography.

On February 15-16, there is an optional learning lab that is limited to 100 registrants. This allows for easy access to the expert faculty and nearly private instruction. The location for this one-of-a-kind course is the beautiful Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California. This family-friendly resort was ranked in the Conde Nast Top 25 Top Resorts in Southern California: Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. Learn more here, download the Final Program, and register today.

Celebrate American Heart Month with ASEF!

Celebrate American Heart Month with ASEF!

In honor of American Heart Month, the ASE Foundation is hosting its third annual Spread the Love campaign. We invite you to thank those who have supported you in your career. Who has left a lasting impact on you? Think about those individuals who have played an important role and thank them with a donation in their honor!

Here’s how it works: make a donation by February 12th and include the name and email address of the person you would like to honor. Then on Thursday, February 14th, the Foundation will send a special electronic Valentine’s Day card to that person thanking them for the role they have played in your career. You may also leave a personal message if you would like!

Give a gift that supports the future of our field while honoring those who have supported you throughout your career. Join the Foundation in Spreading the Love! Questions? Contact Foundation@ASEcho.org.