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Echocardiographic Assessment of Acute Dyspnea in the CCU

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Dyspnea Heart failure Pericardial effusion Pulmonary hypertension 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mount Sinai St. Luke’s HospitalNew YorkUSA

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