Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 1103–1106 | Cite as

Myths about critical care echocardiography: the ten false beliefs that intensivists should understand

  • Paul Mayo
  • Armand Mekontso Dessap
  • Antoine Vieillard-Baron
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Critical care echocardiography (CCE) is a well-established method to evaluate and monitor patients with hemodynamic failure. Use of CCE is a routine part of critical care practice coincident with its introduction into training programs and the widespread availability of courses for attending level intensivists who seek competence in the field [ 1, 2, 3]. We have identified a number of false perceptions regarding CCE (Fig.  1). The editor of Intensive Care Medicine has asked us to review ten of these false myths, the discussion of which is the subject of this editorial.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Mayo
    • 1
  • Armand Mekontso Dessap
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Antoine Vieillard-Baron
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, North Shore/LIJ Medical CenterHofstra NorthShore-LIJ School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de ParisHôpitaux Universitaires Henri Mondor, DHU A-TVB, Service de Réanimation Médicale, Groupe de recherche CARMASCréteilFrance
  3. 3.Faculté de MédecineUniversité Paris Est CréteilCréteilFrance
  4. 4.INSERMCréteilFrance
  5. 5.Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de ParisUniversity Hospital Ambroise Paré, Intensive Care Unit, Section Thorax-Vascular Disease-Abdomen-MetabolismBoulogne-BillancourtFrance
  6. 6.Faculty of Medicine Paris Ile-de-France OuestUniversity of Versailles Saint-Quentin en YvelinesSaint-Quentin En YvelinesFrance

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