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Federico Asch, ESC 2019 – the WASE Normal Values Study

Published Online: September 4th 2019

We spoke to Dr Federico Asch (MedStar Health Research Institute, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA) about the World Alliance of Societies of Echocardiography (WASE) Normal Values Study, and the difficulties of applying these results worldwide. He discusses the racial and national differences in cardiac chamber size and function, and how this may affect routine practice.

Speaker’s Disclosures: Federico Asch has nothing to declare in relation to this video interview. The WASE study was sponsored by the American Society of Echocardiography, with in-kind donations from MedStar Health, the University of Chicago, TOMTEC and MEDIDATA.

Questions:
1. What was the rationale for, and the results of, the World Alliance of Societies of Echocardiography (WASE) Normal Values Study? (0:04)
2. What were the most notable similarities and differences in cardiac chamber size and function between races and nationalities? (1:21)
3. How can these findings help physicians optimise management strategies for patients in routine practice? (2:21)

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Filmed at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2019 in Paris, France, September 2019.

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