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Echocardiography & Its Role in Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)

Imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis and prognosis of a patient with PH. Literature shows that imaging such as echocardiography and magnetic resonance is imperative in the future of translational research. Echocardiography of the rodent right ventricle proofs to be a difficult task due to limited acoustic window and different morphology compared to the left ventricle. It is however possible and is lately persistently used to measure hemodynamics and right heart parameters in studies with animal models of PH. At the Hatter Institute Gerald Maarman, a PhD student is currently doing his PhD project on cardioprotection against the cardiac damage associated with PH. Prof. Laurie Blauwet is currently helping Gerald find the optimal position to hold the Echo probe in order to obtain an apical four chamber view of the rat heart, the aortic valve and pulmonary artery in order to determine the right heart parameters.