Despite another beautiful day, the 300 attendees at Echo Hawaii 2013 dragged themselves inside for a full morning of systolic and diastolic function. Our course is a REAL international one: Australia (18), Canada (41), China (2), Denmark (2), France (1), Tahiti (1), Hong Kong (3), Japan (11), Korea (16), New Zealand (2), Norway (4), Poland (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Singapore (3), Slovakia (1), Thailand (1), and Turkey (1). The morning was a very densely packed agenda, highlighting before the break basic and advanced methods for measuring right and left ventricular systolic function, including a very provocative lecture from David Prior on assessment of the athlete’s heart, which generated a LOT of questions from the audience. Following the break, we turned our attention to diastolic function, with lectures on the clinical syndrome, physics and physiology, application of the guidelines, and the diastolic stress test. After another good panel discussion, the audience deserved some time in the sun, but late in the day they were back for the diastology and hemodynamics workshop, always a highlight of Echo Hawaii. A particularly fun segment was Becky Hahn’s “Who is Having a Better Day?”, where the audience was only given isolated spectral Doppler recordings from two patients and asked which one feels worse. Very educational and highlighted the incredible power of Doppler echocardiography in skilled hands.
Now it was time for the welcome reception, under moonlit skies, with delicious food, outstanding maitais, and the incredible sounds of Alan Shapiro on drums and Joe Conti playing the Chapman Stick. They took requests from the crowd and played for hours. Wonderful!