Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy and Dilated Cardiomyopathies: understanding the deformation & mech

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thursday May, 17 (Introductory day) and Friday, May 18, 2007 (CRT course)


This one day course is intended for clinicians and echocardiographers who wish to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying failing function in a dilated heart and how this can be used to assess response to CRT.

We will address some of the following questions:

  • Which datasets and images are useful for the evaluation of CRT ?
  • How do strain and strain-rate change with ventricular dilatation ?
  • Why do some hearts rock ?
  • What is a septal flash and when do you see it ?
  • How do we identify filling problems that respond to pacing ?
  • How can we use knowledge on cardiac mechanics for CRT optimisation ?
  • How do we identify potential responders ?




      Additionally, there will be an introductory day on which the principles of Myocardial Velocity and Deformation Imaging will be explained and on which the participants will have the opportunity for hands-on acquisition and analysis of clinical cases.

      We hope to welcome you in Dubrovnik,

      Bart Bijnens, George Sutherland and Jadranka Separovic



      Thursday, May 17, 2007
      08:30-09:00 Registration
      09:00-09:30 Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy: Current status and knowledge from clinical trials C. Parsai
      09:30-10:00 Cardiac function: Contractility versus deformation B. Bijnens
      10:00-10:30 Normal myocardial motion G. Sutherland
      10:30-11:00 Coffee break
      11:00-11:10 Principles of strain and strain-rate imaging based on Tissue Doppler or Speckle Tracking B Bijnens
      11:10-11:40 Life Scanning - Doppler Myocardial Imaging Acquisition C. Parsai and G. Sutherland
      11:40-12:10 Optimising data acquisition/Measuring traditional dyssynchrony parameters C. Parsai
      12:10-12:30 Workstation Analysis/Clinical Cases M. Cikes, J. Separovic, C. Parsai
      12:30-14:00 Lunch
      14:00-14:30 Velocities and deformation in different Ischemic Substrates B. Bijnens
      14:30-15:00 Infarction and reperfusion injury G. Sutherland
      15:00-15:30 Post-systolic thickening - What ? When ? Where ? P. Claus
      15:30-16:00 Coffee break
      16:00-16:30 Strain (-rate) imaging in clinical practice G. Sutherland
      16:30-17:00 Right ventricular function in heart failure L. Hatle
      20:00 Dinner in the harbour of Dubrovnik (free for all participants)

      Friday, May 18, 2007
      09:00-09:20 Heart Failure: assessment of patients and standard medical treatment. L. Anderson
      09:20-09:40 Changes in cardiac mechanics induced by LBBB and the septal flash B Bijnens
      09:40-10:10 Identifying pathophysiological substrates that respond to electrical therapy - How to select responders ? C. Parsai
      10:10-10:30 Changes in strain profiles with LBBB M. Scheffer
      10:30-11:00 Coffee break
      11:00-11:30 Diastolic Function in dilated cardiomyopathies L Hatle
      11:30-12:00 Mitral regurgitation and its influence on size and deformation A. Marciniak
      12:00-12:45 CRT optimisation L. Anderson
      12:45-14:00 Lunch
      14:00-14:30 Deformation and motion in Ischemic Cardiomyopathies / Stress Echo / The influence of scar C. Parsai
      14:30-15:00 2D strain/3D echo B. Bijnens
      15:30-16:00 Resynchronisation Therapy - Who? How ? Illustrative Cases C. Parsai, M. Scheffer, J. Separovic, G. Sutherland
      16:00-17:00 Coffee break / Hands on - workstation analysis


      This course is organised by:

      Prof. Bart Bijnens
      (University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Department for Cardiovascular Diseases, Zagreb Croatia)
      Prof. G. Sutherland
      (St.George's Hospital, Department of Cardiology, London, UK)
      Doc. J. Šeparović
      (University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Department for Cardiovascular Diseases, Zagreb Croatia).

        The practical aspects are organised by BSWK bvba, an independant company, specialised in organising Scientific Symposia and Scientific Consulting and Publishing.

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