How to Perform and Interpret Cardiac Diagnostics with Confidence

Speaker: Nuala Summerfield

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How to Perform and Interpret Cardiac Diagnostics with Confidence


Thoracic radiography, echocardiography and electrocardiography (ECG) are valuable non-invasive tools for assessing the cardiac health of a patient. Obtaining good quality cardiac diagnostics is essential to ensure that an accurate diagnosis is reached and an optimal therapeutic plan is put in place for each patient with suspected heart disease.

Interpretation of thoracic radiographs in patients with suspected cardiovascular disease can often be challenging. The aim of this webinar is to increase attendees’ ability and confidence in assessing heart size, specific cardiac chamber enlargement, pulmonary vascularity and pulmonary parenchymal patterns.

Echocardiography is an invaluable tool for the evaluation of cardiac chamber size, wall thickness, wall motion and cardiac valve morphology. It can play an important role in general practice for diagnosis confirmation and cardiac disease staging in patients with commonly encountered acquired heart diseases e.g. MVD, DCM, HCM. However, technical knowledge and expertise in performing and interpreting a basic echocardiographic examination are fundamental prerequisites to the valid use of this diagnostic tool. This webinar will give guidance on how to obtain the standard 2D and M-mode views, how to recognise normal from abnormal cardiac morphology and which cardiac measurements are likely to give the most useful information in this setting.

Electrocardiography (ECG) can often seem quite daunting. This webinar will provide practical advice and guidance on how to obtain a good quality ECG trace and how to develop a logical and systematic approach to ECG interpretation, using examples of the more commonly encountered canine and feline arrhythmias.

In summary, technical expertise in both performing and interpreting cardiac diagnostics is very important. This webinar is designed to improve attendees’ confidence in the fundamentals of thoracic radiography, echocardiography and electrocardiography,

Five learning objectives for the webinar:

1. How to logically approach thoracic radiograph interpretation in canine and feline patients with suspected cardiac disease

2. How to obtain standard 2D and M-mode echo images in canine and feline patients

3. How to recognise normal from abnormal cardiac morphology and which cardiac measurements to perform

4. How to record a good quality diagnostic ECG

5. How to approach ECG interpretation in canine and feline patients with commonly encountered arrhythmias