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

Patient Pofmlation
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. Over a nine-month period, 196consecutive patients (109 men [56 percent] and 87 women [44 percent]) were admitted to the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital with a chief complaint of dyspnea. Patients having other chief complaints (with or without an incidental history of dyspnea) were excluded. All patients underwent a comparable evaluation immediately on admission to the hospital, consisting of a complete history and ph\’\ical examination and baseline laboratory evaluation. Additional tests were obtained at the discretion of the admitting physician. All patients received their care from residents in internal medicine (77 percent of patients), family medicine (20 percent), or surgery (3 percent), under the supervision of university faculty. flovent inhaler

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