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Handcarried echocardiography to assess hemodynamics in acute decompensated heart failure.
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PMID:  20890689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Heart failure is a major source of cardiovascular morbidity, including acute decompensations requiring hospitalization. Because most therapeutic interventions in acute heart failure target optimization of cardiac output and volume status, accurate assessment of these parameters at the point of care is critical to guide management. However, physician bedside assessments of left ventricular (LV) function and volume status have limited accuracy. Traditional echocardiographic platforms, while useful for assessing ventricular and valvular function and volume status, have limitations for bedside use or frequent serial evaluation. Handcarried cardiac ultrasound devices, with their substantially lower costs, portability, and ease of use, circumvent many of the limitations of traditional echocardiographic platforms. The diagnostic capabilities of handcarried devices provide the opportunity for ultrasound assessment of LV function and serial bedside evaluation of volume status in patients with acutely decompensated heart failure.
Sascha N Goonewardena; Kirk T Spencer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current heart failure reports     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1546-9549     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Heart Fail Rep     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101196487     Medline TA:  Curr Heart Fail Rep     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  219-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
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