Left Ventricular Function
- : Online
This micro skills course from the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine will explain normal left ventricular (LV) function and how to diagnose an abnormal left ventricle (LV). Qualitative and quantitative methods of assessing LV function will be described. Attention is drawn to ways in which pathology and interventions may influence the interpretation of a basic transthoracic echocardiography (TTE or 'echo') examination in the critical care setting. The importance of clinical context and of recognising when expert assistance is needed are emphasised.
This course from the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine has been brought to you by Talisium.
By the end of this session you will be able to: Describe the structure and function of the normal LV and use simple methods to quantify LV size and function
Recognise when the structure or function of the LV is abnormal, and describe the findings
Appreciate how confounding factors seen in the critical care setting may influence interpretation of echo appearances
Recognise when more expert assessment is indicated