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Eur Heart J Acute Cardiovasc Care. 2015 Feb;4(1):3-5. doi: 10.1177/2048872614568073. Epub 2015 Jan 29.

The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care: recommendations of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association.

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1
University of Liège Hospital, Cardiology Care Unit, GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Sart Tilman, Belgium plancellotti@chu.ulg.ac.be s.price@rbht.nhs.uk.
2
Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.
3
Department of Cardiology, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo, Norway.
4
Department of Cardiology, Centrum Voor Hart-en Vaatziekten (CHVZ), UZ Brussel, Belgium.
5
Clinical Hospital Centre Zemun, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
6
University of Liège Hospital, Cardiology Care Unit, GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Sart Tilman, Belgium.
7
Uppsala Universitet, Institutionen för Medicinska Vetenskaper, Sweden.
8
Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
9
Pôle de Recherche Cardiovasculaire, Institut de Recherche Expérimentale et Clinique, Université Catholique de Louvain and Division of Cardiology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium.
10
Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Council of Research, Pisa, Italy.
11
Department of Medical Translational Sciences, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy.
12
Echocardiography Laboratory, Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal.
13
University of Alcala, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.
14
Cardiology Department, CHU Rennes & LTSI, INSERM U1099, Universite Rennes-1, France.
15
Department of Cardiology, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón & Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
16
Aix-Marseille Université, APHM, La Timone Hospital, Cardiology Department, France.

Abstract

Echocardiography is one of the most powerful diagnostic and monitoring tools available to the modern emergency/critical care practitioner. Currently, there is a lack of specific European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging/Acute Cardiovascular Care Association recommendations for the use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care. In this document, we describe the practical applications of echocardiography in patients with acute cardiac conditions, in particular with acute chest pain, acute heart failure, suspected cardiac tamponade, complications of myocardial infarction, acute valvular heart disease including endocarditis, acute disease of the ascending aorta and post-intervention complications. Specific issues regarding echocardiography in other acute cardiac care scenarios are also described.

KEYWORDS:

Acute cardiovascular care; critically ill patients; echocardiography; recommendations

PMID:
25635106
DOI:
10.1177/2048872614568073
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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