New thesis on clinical validation of new CMR methods to diagnose pulmonary hypertension
João Ramos from the group Clinical Physiology at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery will defend his thesis "Pulmonary hypertension and heart failure : physiological markers assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance" on May 8th, 2020. Main Supervisor is Martin Ugander.
What's the main focus of your thesis?
My thesis focuses on the development and clinical validation of new cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) methods to diagnose pulmonary hypertension – high pressures in the pulmonary artery – and diastolic dysfunction – a condition associated with heart failure.
Which are the most important results?
The diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension and diastolic dysfunction with CMR is possible and yields good results. We applied and developed methods to estimate pressure in the pulmonary artery and to measure parameters related to diastolic dysfunction.
How can this new knowledge contribute to the improvement of people's health?
CMR has certain advantages as an imaging technique, such as high resolution images and high accuracy. However, it is not yet possible to diagnose all types of heart disease with conventional CMR methods. Our studies contribute to expanding what CMR can do, so that we can acquire more information that may lead to a diagnosis.
What are your future ambitions?
I intend to continue my clinical education as a resident in Cardiology and also keep conducting research in the fields of heart disease and cardiac imaging. I am currently applying to research funding so that I can pursue a post-doc.