Learn practical interpretations of echocardiographic changes.
Elderly patient seen in an outpatient or inpatient setting, and an echo has been obtained or will be obtained.
Determine significance of echocardiographic changes in an aging heart. What is normal, and what is not normal aging of the heart?
- List the echocardiographic changes that occur in the aging heart.
- Describe how these changes are reflected in echocardiographic parameters.
- Explain the implications of echocardiographic changes to morbidity and mortality.
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