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CME: 5th Right Heart Symposium: Part 4


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The content of this online activity was presented originally at a live event. It is divided into three videos. Learners must view both videos in their entirety and complete a post-activity assessment and evaluation before they are eligible for continuing credit.

The North American Thrombosis Forum's (NATF’s) “5th Right Heart Symposium”

The syndrome of right heart failure is poorly understood and defined. Clinicians often fail to diagnose early stages of the disease and allow the manifestations to progress to severe disability. There is a pressing need to define, understand, and inculcate awareness about this disease in clinicians. Similarly, understanding right heart dysfunction requires focused investigations and research study, best brought forth by a multidisciplinary collaboration. This program is intended for clinical and research professionals who are involved in the care of patients with, and the study of, right heart disease, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and associated disorders.

Target Audience:

• Physicians
• Pharmacists
• Hospitalists
• Surgeons
• Nurses
• Nurse practitioners
• Physician assistants
• Allied healthcare professionals

In the following fields:
– Cardiology
– Pulmonology
– Critical care medicine
– Emergency medicine
– Rheumatology
– Internal medicine
– Vascular medicine

Supported by educational grants from: Abbott Laboratories; Acceleron Pharma Inc.; Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson; and United Therapeutics.

This internet enduring material activity is part of a series of activities. Participation in this activity is free of charge.

Release Date: May 04, 2022 -- Expiration Date: May 03, 2023

Faculty: Multiple Faculty,


Venous Thromboembolism

Moderator: Dr. Bradley M. Wertheim, MD, is a member of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He specializes in the care of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and complex heart-lung interactions.  

Submassive PE: What is it Really and What is the Best Approach to Treatment? – Gregory Piazza, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Staff Physician, Cardiovascular Division, Section Head, Vascular Medicine Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Acute PE and Impact on RV – Yolanda Bryce, MD, Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine; Assistant Attending, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Massive and Catastrophic PE: Strategies for Circulatory Support Both Pharmacologically and Mechanically – David M. Dudzinski, MD, FAHA, FACC, FASE, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

Panel Discussion

Effects of Exercise Training on the Right Heart – Mary Beth Brown, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine


Critical Care and the Failing Right Heart


  • David M. Systrom, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;  Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Katharine Clapham, MD, is a cardiologist and physician-scientist, currently pursuing additional training in pulmonary vascular disease at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Drips to Machines – Supporting the Failing RH – Evelyn Horn, MD, Professor, Weill Cornell; Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Vascular Disease, NYPH-Weill Cornelll

Physiologic Impact of Mechanical Ventilation on the Right Heart – Inderjit Singh, MD, FRCP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Director of Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, Yale New Haven Hospital

Panel Discussion

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the unique structure and function of the right ventricle (RV), with focus on anatomical and embryological differences between the RV and left ventricle (LV)
  • Discuss the importance of RV and pulmonary arterial coupling and its role in RV function and RV failure
  • Evaluate the current data regarding myocardial metabolism and RV function
  • Given a patient case, formulate a management approach that takes into account RV structure, function, and maladaptation


ACCME Activity #202288303


Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI

  • Mary Beth Brown, PT, PhD: Genentech – PI of an Investigator-Initiated study of exercise in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Evelyn Horn, MD: Data and Safety Monitoring Board – AADi, SoniVie; Clinical Events Committee – V-wave, Ltd.
  • Gregory Piazza, MD, MS: Research Grant – BMS/Pfizer, Janssen, Bayer, Portola, Amgen, Boston Scientific
  • Bradley Wertheim: Paid Consultant – Change Healthcare


Individuals with no conflicts of interest to disclose: 

  • Content reviewer: Charles J Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Presidenti, ScientiaCME
  • Moderator: Katharine Clapham, MD
  • Moderator: David Systrom, MD
  • Yolanda Bryce, MD
  • David Dudzinski, MD
  • Inderjit Singh, MD


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