BC Cardiovascular Community at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

Rising Stars – Dr. Michael Tsang

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Dr. Michael Tsang is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of British Columbia. He completed his MD and residency training at the University of British Columbia, and advanced echocardiography and research training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His clinical expertise and research interests include the use of echocardiography for assessing valvular heart disease, and the application of echocardiographic strain imaging in the evaluation of myocardial dysfunction.

 Lay summary of program/project

Valvular heart disease (i.e. faulty heart valves) is common in our population, and can lead to the weakening of the heart muscle as the heart needs to work harder to pump the same amount of blood around our body. Cardiac ultrasound has been widely used in the field of cardiology to diagnose faulty heart valves and to assess the pumping function of the heart. In my research, I hope to use cardiac ultrasound to better define the severity of valvular heart disease, which will allow us to decide the best timing for implementing various treatment options such as surgery. I also hope to study whether a new cardiac ultrasound technique, known as strain imaging, can facilitate the early detection of heart dysfunction among those with faulty heart valves and improve patient outcomes.

 Medical summary of program/project:

My research interests lie in the areas of valvular heart disease and the application of advanced echocardiographic modalities such as strain imaging. Through my line of echocardiography-based research, I hope to 1) enhance our understanding of the severity of valvular heart disease, such as tricuspid regurgitation, through echocardiographic quantification, 2) identify optimal timing for surgical correction and predictors of clinical and surgical outcomes in patients with valvular heart disease, and 3) examine the utility of echocardiographic strain imaging in the assessment of myocardial contractility and early detection of subclinical myocardial dysfunction in patients with valvular heart disease.