Review of the Right Heart Masterclass on 123sonography (access funded by Janssen)

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Details on how to apply for places on the Right Heart Masterclass are below.

Echocardiography (echo) is the ‘gatekeeper’ for the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH).1 Although right heart catheterisation is the gold standard for diagnosing PH, echo is a crucial tool for identifying which patients require referral to a specialist centre.1,2

Education is key in giving echocardiographers, cardiologists and other healthcare professionals the skills to confidently identify the features of PH on an echo. Not all patients with PH have tricuspid regurgitation to estimate the pulmonary artery pressure, which could result in the diagnosis being missed.2 There are more subtle signs of PH that echocardiographers should be aware of, for example, notching of the right ventricular outflow tract with reduced pulmonary acceleration time and a left ventricle-to-right ventricle basal diameter ratio >1.2 A comprehensive analysis of right ventricular function is also essential.2

To support this training, Janssen is providing a limited number of places to UK healthcare professionals for the online Right Heart Masterclass, delivered by 123sonography. The course is accredited for 7.25 continuing medical education (CME) points and 15 British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) points, and consists of 20 expert-led video lectures with real-world examples.

My colleagues and I at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital have gratefully taken this opportunity, as the course provided training on many different pathologies that we see regularly. The course covers all aspects of right heart analysis, PH diagnosis and treatment, and other disease processes that affect the right heart, such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, carcinoid heart disease and congenital heart disease. Not only has it improved my knowledge when reporting the scans of patients with these pathologies but it will assist me in my role as Education and Training Co-ordinator for Echocardiography, as I will be able to confidently educate others.

Email [email protected] to apply for free access. Spaces are limited.

I have also been working with the Scottish Pulmonary Vascular Unit to create guidelines to support the referral of appropriate patients with PH to the service. With the support of Janssen, we will hold educational meetings for healthcare professionals working in respiratory, rheumatology and cardiology. We are also looking to find a ‘PH Champion’ in each echo department in Scotland to liaise with referring physicians. For more information about these initiatives, please contact Fiona Russel ([email protected]).

Catherine Garioch
Education and Training Co-ordinator for Echocardiography, Cardiac Physiology Department, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Scotland

Click here to view more details on the Right Heart Masterclass.

UK healthcare professionals can visit the Act on PAH website for more information.

  1. Vachiéry JL and Gaine S. Eur Respir Rev. 2012;21:313–20.
  2. Augustine DX, et al. Echo Res Pract. 2018;5:G11–G24.

Limited places funded by Janssen-Cilag Ltd. Janssen funding is for UK healthcare professionals only.

CP-260849. November 2021

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