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Written by Andrea Fields MHA, RDCS

6 Clues to Determining Presence of Cardiac Tamponade

As sonographers, we have all commonly experienced the patient presenting with shortness of breath and unable to lay down flat for their echocardiogram. As we begin to scan the patient, we immediately visualize a large amount of fluid around the heart. Keeping our poker faces on point, we take...
Written by Judith Buckland

Pulmonary Hypertension Case Study Presentation

Correct Echo Techniques in Pulmonary Hypertension: Case Study Presentation An 85 year old patient presents to the ER with worsening shortness of breath and a history of known pulmonary hypertension. Her chest x-ray reveals massive cardiomegaly. An echo is ordered to assess the status of her...
Written by Judith Buckland

Case Study of the Week: Dr Wharton’s Echo Case: Problem Pill or Is There a Pill for This Problem?

Here is a great case from Dr. Wharton on Medscape of a 45 year old patient with hyperlipidemia (high LDL-C and high triglycerides) taking a high-potency statin who presents with pericardial effusion and signs of tamponade. What should be done next? a) CT/MRI b) Pericardiocentesis c) Liver...

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