Echocardiographic Assessment of Acute Dyspnea in the CCU
Echocardiography is essential in evaluating patients with acute and subacute dyspnea. Depending on the urgency and severity of patient’s condition the applications of echocardiography can range from immediate point-of-care ultrasound to assess for gross abnormalities (such as pericardial effusion) to detailed evaluation of underlying structural heart disease. We present a structured approach to evaluation of patients with acute and subacute dyspnea utilizing a wide range of echocardiographic techniques.
KeywordsDyspnea Heart failure Pericardial effusion Pulmonary hypertension
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