Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology and Exercise Testing

Presentation by: David M. Systrom, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

systrom david picAs Director of the BWH Advanced Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) Program at BWH, I supervise the data acquisition, processing and report generation of over 250 invasive CPET’s per year, the largest such experience in the world. My clinical and translational research has focused on the exercise limit in chronic heart and lung disease, with particular attention paid to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and heart failure preserved ejection fraction. Validating transthoracic cardiac echo measurements with simultaneously obtained direct measurements form the PA catheter is exceedingly important. My expertise in invasive CPET in PH makes me well-suited as a Co-Investigator in Dr. Shah’s project.

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The prognostic value of exercise testing

Presentation by: Alexander Opotowsky, MD, MMSc

Boston Children’s Hospital

opotowsky sasha ARO photoDr. Opotowsky is a staff member of the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, both in Boston. He completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s, adult Cardiology at Penn, and an additional fellowship in pulmonary vascular disease and adult congenital heart disease with the BACH group. His research focuses on congenital heart disease, exercise physiology and the pulmonary circulation.

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The ‘other’ forgotten muscle in pulmonary hypertension: Limb skeletal muscle and its mitochondrion

Presentation by: David M. Systrom, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

systrom david picAs Director of the BWH Advanced Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) Program at BWH, I supervise the data acquisition, processing and report generation of over 250 invasive CPET’s per year, the largest such experience in the world. My clinical and translational research has focused on the exercise limit in chronic heart and lung disease, with particular attention paid to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and heart failure preserved ejection fraction. Validating transthoracic cardiac echo measurements with simultaneously obtained direct measurements form the PA catheter is exceedingly important. My expertise in invasive CPET in PH makes me well-suited as a Co-Investigator in Dr. Shah’s project.

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Advanced exercise testing: what can imaging and invasive hemodynamics add?

Presentation by: Alexander Opotowsky, MD, MMSc

Boston Children’s Hospital

opotowsky sasha ARO photoDr. Opotowsky is a staff member of the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, both in Boston. He completed medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s, adult Cardiology at Penn, and an additional fellowship in pulmonary vascular disease and adult congenital heart disease with the BACH group. His research focuses on congenital heart disease, exercise physiology and the pulmonary circulation.

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Advanced exercise testing: what can imaging and invasive hemodynamics add? Part 2

Presentation by: Gruschen R. Veldtman, FRCP, MBChB

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Veldtman photoDr. Veldtman has recently joined the team at CCHMC from his previous appointment at the Southampton University Hospital in the United Kingdom. There he directed the ACHD program and Congenital Heart Disease Cardiac catheterization Service. During his 10 year period in Southampton, he developed a high risk pregnancy service, pulmonary arterial hypertension clinic, and a Fontan multidisciplinary clinic.

His research interests include the Fontan circulation and the venous circulation, pulmonary hypertension, and cardiovascular reserve in health and disease.

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