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Category Archives: Cardiopulmonary Disease - Part 2

Immediate Echocardiography in the Management of Acute Respiratory Exacerbations of Cardiopulmonary Disease: Methods (Part 1)

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This study was conducted in compliance with guidelines from the Human Subjects Committee at the Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland. Following informed consent, consecutive patients admitted to the hospital with a chief complaint of dyspnea were prospectively randomized to either receive an echocardiogram within 24 hours of admission or to a control group. Continue reading

Immediate Echocardiography in the Management of Acute Respiratory Exacerbations of Cardiopulmonary Disease

Immediate Echocardiography in the Management of Acute Respiratory Exacerbations of Cardiopulmonary DiseaseAcute breathlessness is an alarming symptom that frequently calls for an emergent evaluation. Even among patients with known cardiac or pulmonary disease, treatment of dyspnea requires some immediate knowledge or assumption about underlying heart and lung function. Unfortunately, neither physical signs, such as tachypnea, rales, or wheezes, nor laboratory studies, such as electrocardiography, chest roentgenography or arterial blood gases can necessarily distinguish a cardiac from a pulmonary cause of dyspnea. Unless such a cause is readily apparent, the immediate treatment of the patient in respiratory distress may be uncertain, delayed, or even hampered by inappropriately directed treatment measures. Continue reading

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