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Dynamic Assessment of the Heart: Echocardiography in the Intensive Care Unit

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Abstract

Echocardiography provides useful information for the diagnosis and management of haemodynamically unstable patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Simultaneous visualisation of structure and function of the heart, coupled with the ability to monitor in real time the results of therapeutic intervention makes echocardiography an instrumental tool for the critical care physician. The last few years have seen giant leaps on the diagnostic quality of new portable devices and digital storage management systems, improving the reliability of bedside echo studies.

Keywords

Echocardiography Haemodynamics Intensive care Doppler Shock 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive CareSt George’s HospitalLondonUK

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