Contrast Echocardiography in the Cardiac Care Unit

  • Eyal Herzog
  • Seyed Hamed Hosseini Dehkordi
  • Edgar Argulian
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Abstract

Suboptimal echocardiograms are common in critically ill patients. The obstacles that interfere with optimal echocardiographic imaging in cardiac care unit patients include suboptimal positioning, obesity, hyperinflated lungs due to mechanical ventilation, lung disease, subcutaneous emphysema, surgical incisions, chest tubes, bandages, and crowded quarters. It is well known that use of contrast in echocardiography significantly improves the image quality, but despite that, contrast echocardiography is widely underused. The current chapter outlines the basics of contrast echocardiography as it applies to critical care.

Keywords

Contrast echocardiography Myocardial infarction Thrombus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eyal Herzog
    • 1
  • Seyed Hamed Hosseini Dehkordi
    • 1
  • Edgar Argulian
    • 1
  1. 1.Mount Sinai St. Luke’s HospitalNew YorkUSA

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