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Enhance your understanding of echocardiography with this compilation of lectures from ASE courses. Broken down into eight volumes, purchasing this bundle package will provide you with access to all available volumes below, including diastology, strain imaging, 3D echocardiography, physics and artifacts, contrast echocardiography, native and prosthetic valves, TEE, and stress echocardiography. 

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Best of ASE: Introduction to Diastology
An all-star lineup of presenters provides a thorough review of the mechanics of normal and abnormal filling of the left ventricle, at rest and during exercise, and the echocardiographic variables that can be measured in order to assess diastolic function. This collection covers the "what, how, and why," of echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function, prominently featuring examples of how the ASE guideline on diastolic function can be applied clinically. Recent research literature and clinical cases are used to illustrate each stage of diastolic dysfunction and their significance in patients who may or may not be symptomatic, with normal or reduced ejection fraction. In addition to the more familiar material in the ASE guideline, there are many illustrations of applications of diastolic function variables that only personal experience can provide. Viewers will learn the details of how to make the appropriate measurements, what pitfalls to be aware of, and the utility of diastolic function assessment in CRT optimization and exercise echocardiography. Finally, there is a discussion of which measurements can be made in challenging cases such as atrial fibrillation and mitral stenosis. From basic measurements to new advances, from abnormal relaxation to filling pressures and left atrial strain, this collection will greatly enhance the viewer's understanding of diastology.
Best of ASE: Basics of Strain Imaging 2nd Edition
This comprehensive, state of the art overview on strain imaging is a compilation of lectures given by recognized experts providing clear and concise presentations on strain-related topics directly relevant to clinical practice and cardiovascular research. Strain imaging has emerged as an important echocardiographic tool for the accurate assessment of cardiac mechanics. This collection covers the principles behind strain imaging including the latest techniques and technology behind this modality. The information presented will give the audience an appreciation of the role of strain imaging in elucidating the pathophysiologic mechanism of cardiac conditions. The lectures will cover the evolution of the technology from tissue Doppler to speckle tracking strain imaging with discussion on the advantages and limitations of each modality. The clinical indications and applicability of strain imaging are well presented with illustrations of specific case studies in both children and adults. The presentations will address current technical barriers to the widespread use of speckle tracking and discuss problems related to vendor independence and the need for industry standardization. Future developments in strain imaging including potential utility and current limitations of 3D strain and torsion will be discussed.
Best of ASE: A Practical Guide to 3D Echocardiography 2nd Edition
Experts in the field of 3D echocardiography will present didactic lectures and examples from actual patients, providing cardiologists, cardiac sonographers, anesthesiologists and interventionist cardiologists with a practical guide to the acquisition and analysis of 3D images and suggestions as to how best to display various cardiac structures using 3D echocardiography. The presentations will highlight the current and potential clinical applications of this technology and discuss its strengths and weaknesses. 3D echocardiography is an emerging imaging modality with a diverse array of clinical applications. It has several advantages over its 2D predecessors. It provides 1) more accurate and more reproducible measurements of cardiac chamber volume and mass; 2) more robust analysis of regional left ventricular wall motion and quantification of systolic wall motion abnormalities; 3) more realistic views of heart valves, and thus, improved guidance for intraoperative and catheter-based interventions; 4) when used with color Doppler imaging, improved assessment of regurgitant volume and of the volume of intracardiac shunts; and 5) the capability of 3D stress imaging. In order to implement 3D echocardiography in routine clinical practice, it is important to understand fully its technical principles and to develop a systemic approach to image acquisition, display and analysis. Moreover, as with any imaging technique, the responsible physician must understand the appropriate clinical applications of 3D echocardiography.
Best of ASE: Basic Physics of Ultrasound, Knobology, and Echocardiographic Artifacts
Echocardiography is one of the most common imaging techniques utilized in the United States and Europe. This is because echocardiography is commonly used in the diagnosis, risk stratification, prognosis, and management in all facets of cardiac diseases. A significant amount of information, both qualitative and quantitative, is requested and provided by echocardiography across a wide spectrum of disease processes including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart failure, surgical and percutaneous intervention. Echocardiography is now an integral part of cardiovascular care and used extensively in the intensive care units, emergency departments, interventional and electrophysiological labs and the operating room. It is likely that its clinical application will only expand.

To excel in echocardiography, it is important to understand the basic physics of ultrasound, differentiate and understand artifacts, differentiate normal structures often misinterpreted as pathological abnormalities and understand knobology to optimize image quality and minimize artifact. Understanding of these basic concepts is critical to acquisition and interpretation of echo images.

This lecture series provides an easy and comprehensive review of basic physics of 2D and Color Doppler, basic understanding of image formations and artifacts, how to optimize image quality while minimizing artifacts, and how to recognize artifacts from normal structures. This lecture series also evaluates the functions of different knobs and effects on the image quality.
Best of ASE: Contrast Echocardiography
This compilation is a comprehensive review of contrast echocardiography, from the basics to the cutting edge. Contrast echo is a valuable, but underutilized, tool in the optimization of cardiac imaging. Lectures in this series will start with the basics of contrast use, including indications and commonly encountered pitfalls in the administration of the agent. Practical aspects of image acquisition and buttonology are also discussed, along with the barriers to more widespread use.

Once the basics have been covered, the lectures will progress into the current uses of contrast, both on and off label, including wall motion, evaluation of cardiac masses, and stress testing. Multiple case illustrations will be used throughout the lecture series to demonstrate the utility and importance of contrast for optimizing images in specific patient populations.

As the lectures advance, the current state of myocardial perfusion imaging is reviewed and cutting edge uses of contrast echocardiography are explored for the imaging of peripheral vascular diseases. In addition, viewers will learn the potential utility for sonothrombolysis and gene/drug delivery with microbubbles.
Best of ASE: Echocardiographic Imaging of Native and Prosthetic Valves
This "Best of" 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. Logically presented, this series leads off with a review of the "the basics," including the fundamentals in assessment and quantification of valvular disease by echocardiography. As you progress through the lecture series you will be guided through a methodical and more in-depth approach for assessing highly complex structural disease. From there, you will learn how to quantify regurgitant and stenotic lesions utilizing the latest state-of-the-art methods and the current published standards in echocardiography.
Best of ASE: Stress Echocardiography
This “Best of ASE” DVD is packed with a superb compilation of talks that provide a fresh approach and review in understanding the role and clinical relevance of echocardiography during stress for identification, evaluation, risk stratification, and prognosis of patients who present with asymptomatic valvular heart disease and other non-ischemic cardiovascular diseases. This volume will review the different hemodynamic responses obtained during treadmill, bicycle, and pharmacological stress testing and the clinical utility of each to help identify which of these stressors and imaging modalities are most appropriate. The new Class IIa 2014 AHA/ACC guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease are also reviewed in detail with a wide variety of teaching cases. Some of the highlight cases include: low gradient aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation with stress induced pulmonary hypertension, microvascular disease assessment, and stress testing for functional capacity in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients.
Best of ASE: Transesophageal Echocardiography
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a critically important cardiovascular imaging modality. It provides additional and more accurate information than transthoracic echocardiography for specific diagnoses in some patients and for surgical and catheter-based cardiac intervention. This comprehensive, state-of-the-art, overview on 2D/3D TEE is a compilation of lectures given by recognized experts in the field of echocardiography, providing cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and interventional cardiologists a practical guide to basic 2D/3D imaging acquisition, analysis, and current clinical application of this technology.
Volume 9: Perioperative Echocardiography
Ultrasound is a key imaging modality in the perioperative setting. This authoritative DVD features experts in the field focusing on specific situations where echocardiography is an invaluable tool for assessing pathology and hemodynamics. Content focuses on intraoperative interrogation of the mitral and aortic valves, diagnosis of acute aortic pathology, guidance in mechanical assist device placement, as well as the unexpected intra-cardiac mass. The presented clinical scenarios include those commonly encountered in the operating room, as well as the post-operative and ICU settings. The DVD highlights the use of both transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal (TEE) modalities during elective and emergent procedures. Anesthesiologists, surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and sonographers will find this DVD a valuable resource when caring forpatients undergoing both cardiac and non-cardiac surgery.
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