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Left atrial morphology and function of athletes’ heart assessed by 3D echocardiography
Hungary(HuMSIRC)- Semmelweis University,Budapest
Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center
Attila Kovács MD, PhD
Attila Kovács MD, PhD
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Our lab is working on the implementation of advanced echocardiographic techniques to everyday routine. Namely, speckle tracking and 3D echo. We are running several research projects involving athletes (to determine normal chamber sizes), heart transplanted patients and cardiac surgery patients. We are especially interested in right ventricular mechanical pattern in these patient populations. We have a custom software solution to decompose the motion of the right ventricle to enable an in-depth characterization of myocardial mechanics. We are planning to analyze our database comprising of hundreds of 3D echos of elite athletes, heart transplanted patients and cardiac surgery patients.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the project is to determine normative values of athletes heart assessed by 3D echocardiography
What techniques and methods are used?
We are planning to analyze our database comprising of hundreds of 3D echos of elite athletes to determine normal values. Standard 2D and 3D echocardiographic datasets will be analyzed by conventional and advanced measurements. First, we will reconstruct 3D models of both the left and the right ventricle, then we will analyze the motion pattern of the model by our custom method. We will determine volumes and ejection fraction, moreover, the relative contribution of longitudinal and radial motion components along with longitudinal and circumferential strain values. These values will undergo statistical analysis using dedicated software (Statistica version 12; Statsoft, Tulsa, OK).
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Assistance to echocardiogram exams and its explanation to the patients. Furthermore, the student will be expected to take part in the analysis of the standard 2D and 3D echocardiographic datasets. This will be carried out with conventional and advanced measurements as well. The obtained results will undergo statistical analysis, which will be mostly done on computer. The used softwares are for example Statistica version 12; Statsoft, Tulsa, OK. The student will also be expected to be involved in these phases of research, assisting the tutor.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Basic knowledge of Echocardiography and cardiac parameters Basic computer skills (Word, Excell, PowerPoint)
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Kovács; A.; Lakatos; B.; Tokodi; M. et al. Right ventricular mechanical pattern in health and disease: beyond longitudinal shortening Heart Fail Rev (2019) 24: 511. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10741-019-09778-1
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