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Right Heart
Diagnose Right Heart Conditions
  • 7.25 AMA PRA category 1 CME Credits
  • Printable Diploma
  • 20 chapters
  • More than 8 hours of video content
  • 20 lectures



The Right Heart MasterClass will cover everything you need to know to diagnose and manage patients with right heart pathologies. Benefit from high-quality videos brought to you directly from the pulmonary clinic, dissection room as well as the echo- and cath lab.

After completing the Right Heart MasterClass, you will know how to identify right heart diseases and be able to classify the pathology, assess its prognosis, and possess a thorough understanding of the individual treatment options.

The Right Heart MasterClass is a clinical course that will provide you with indepth knowledge of right heart diseases and conditions. The course covers all relevant pathologies that impact the right heart such as pre- and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension, acute pressure overload (pulmonary embolism), pathologies of the tricuspid valve, left heart diseases that affect the right heart, right ventricular cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease associated with right heart disease, and more.

Concise and easy to follow videos full of real world examples from anatomy and pathophysiology ensure that all important aspects are addressed, from first diagnosis to treatment. Learn from leading experts in the field, see videos of anatomic specimens, learn how to obtain more from your echo exam, listen with greater insight to the patient perspective, and find out which role radiology plays.

Lectures and footage straight from the cath lab ensures you remain as close to practical applications as possible while learning how a right heart catheter is performed. You will be introduced by leading experts to balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA), an important new treatment modality for patients with pulmonary hypertension, all the while learning more about the newest guideline based treatment strategies, where you will see lectures about drug therapy, interventional and surgical procedures.


  • Cardiologists
  • General Practitioners
  • Medical Students
  • Pulmonologists
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Specialists
  • Sonographers



Anatomy of the Right Heart


The anatomy of the right heart is distinctly different than that of the left heart. If you want to assess right heart pathologies it is important to know the differences. In this chapter we will give you a detailed explanation of right heart anatomy and demonstrate how the specific features of...


Physiology of the Right Heart


The pressures found within pulmonary circulation are significantly lower than those in systemic circulation. For this reason the right heart contracts and functions differently than the left. In this chapter, we will cover right heart physiology and discuss what happens if the right heart is...


Echocardiographic Assessment - How to Image the Right Heart


Imaging of the right heart using standard views is an essential part of every echo exam. But if you want to assess right heart pathologies, it is often necessary to use additional and sometimes even "exotic" views. In this chapter, we will show you how you can get more out of your...


Echocardiographic Assessment - Size


Dilatation of the right heart is a common feature of right heart disease. But how can you tell if the right heart is truly dilated? What are the normal values? What is the degree of right heart enlargement? In this chapter, we will focus on the various measurements proposed by the guidelines,...


Echocardiographic Assessment - Function


Quantification of right heart function is quite tricky and more difficult than the quantification of left heart function. There are several different parameters that can be used. These include "eyeballing", TAPSE, fractional area change, tissue Doppler of the RV, and right...


Echocardiographic Assessment - Pulmonary Pressure


The ability of echocardiography to quantify pulmonary pressures is one of the main reasons why this method is so important in right heart disease. But how is it done correctly? What do the values mean? In which clinical scenarios is it important to know how high pulmonary pressure is? What do...


Role of Radiology - Part 1: Overview, Chest X-Ray, CT, Pulmonary Angiography


Radiology plays an important role in the assessment of right heart disease. Florian Wolf, an expert in the field of cardiovascular imaging, will guide you through the wide spectrum of modalities that radiology offers. In this chapter, we will give you an overview of the different modalities...


Role of Radiology - Part 2: MRI, Clinical Examples in Radiology


In the second part dealing with Radiology, Florian Wolf will focus on the role of magnetic resonance imaging and show you several cases of patients with a right heart pathology and how CT and MRI can help to detect the problem.


Pulmonary Hypertension - Classification/Pathophysiology


Pulmonary hypertension can have many causes. The international societies propose a classification scheme that guides us through the 'jungle' of different disease entities. In this chapter, Irene Lang, a leading expert in the field of pulmonary hypertension, will explain the...


Pulmonary Hypertension - Diagnosis: Overview Part 1 (+ Right Heart Cath)


Signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension can be quite vague and unspecific. It is not uncommon that there is a long delay until the diagnosis is established. In this chapter, we introduce you to a patient with pulmonary hypertension who will share her personal story with you. She will tell...


Pulmonary Hypertension - Diagnosis: Overview Part 2


In the second part of this course dealing with the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, we will discuss issues including as the role of the ECG, the six minute walk test, and pulmonary function testing. Here we will also show you the typical features of CTEPH and PAH on the pulmonary angiogram...


Pulmonary Hypertension - Diagnosis: Echo Features of PHT


Echocardiography plays an important role in pulmonary hypertension — not only in the screening of patients, but also in assessing prognosis and monitoring of treatment effects. This chapter will provide you with the typical echo features of pulmonary hypertension such as right ventricular...


Pulmonary Hypertension - Therapy: Drugs


Tremendous achievements have been made in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension and we now have numerous, highly effective drugs at hand. In his chapter, we explain how medication alters prognosis, which class of drugs are available, how to use a risk score to guide medication, and why...


Pulmonary Hypertension - Interventional and Surgical Techniques


Interventional and surgical techniques such as Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty, Thromboendarterectomy, and Lung Transplantation are important options for patients with pulmonary hypertension. But which patients are potential candidates for these therapies? How are they performed? And what is...


Right Heart Volume Overload


Right ventricular volume overload can have disastrous effects on the right heart. But when does it occur? How does it affect the right heart? Which abnormalities do we see on the echo and what is its consequence? These topics will be discussed here. Since tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is the...


Pulmonary Embolism


Watch this chapter to better understand pulmonary embolism (PE) and its sequels. Here you will learn when to suspect PE, how to diagnose it, which pathologies can mimic PE, what impacts prognosis and how echocardiography can help you to stratify patients into high and low risk groups. We will...


The Right Heart in CAD, CMP and Valvular HD


The right heart is often affected in disease of the left heart. Left heart disease is actually the most common reason for pulmonary hypertension. Did you know that myocardial infarctions can also involve the right heart? And that right ventricular dysfunction is frequently present in patients...


Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Carcinoid Heart Disease


Echocardiography plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of right ventricular dysplasia and carcinoid heart disease. In both disease entities, it is important to establish the diagnosis as early as possible. In this chapter, we will show you the typical echocardiographic...


Right Heart in Congenital Heart Disease - Part 1


The right heart is frequently involved in congenital heart disease. In this chapter, we will provide an overview of different congenital defects that can cause volume overload, such as primum and secundum atrial septal defects, sinus venosus defects, pulmonary regurgitation / Fallot tetralogy...


Right Heart in Congenital Heart Disease - Part 2


This is the second chapter that deals with right heart disease in congenital heart defects. Here we will cover defects that cause pulmonary hypertension as they can occur in congenital left heart disease (post-capillary pulmonary hypertension), shunt lesions and preoperatively. The following...


Prof. Thomas Binder, MD, FESC

Head of Digital Learning Medical University of Vienna

Elena Surkova, MD, MSC, PhD

Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

Univ. Prof. Irene Lang, MD

Cardiologist, Medical University of Vienna

Florian Wolf, MD

Radiologist, Medical University of Vienna