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Focused Cardiac Ultrasound for Acute Aortic Syndromes

A New Diagnostic Algorithm?

By Michael Prats on 01/20/20 06:00 AM

Acute aortic syndromes such as aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm, penetrating ulcer are tricky. No one wants to miss these deadly diseases, but we also don't want to test everyone who has the slightest sign of this wily diagnosis. Point of care ultrasound can detect signs of aortic pathologies, but there haven't been any good studies to determine if this is accurate or safe....until now. https://www.ultrasoundgel.org/84 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31226214


LVOT Opening in Cardiac Arrest

More Support for TEE?

By Michael Prats on 09/30/19 06:00 AM

There are many ways that TEE can help you in cardiac arrest. One of these is to monitor your chest compressions to make sure they are actually doing what you want. Although this makes sense intuitively and is supported by animal models, there has not been a lot of evidence to date. This article takes a step in that direction by showing some data on outcomes in humans. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30825552


Integrated Lung Ultrasound for Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

The RCT you always wanted

By Michael Prats, MD on 03/04/19 06:00 AM

Many ultrasound enthusiasts have been using point of care ultrasound to assist in the diagnosis of acute decompensated heart failure, but it has not been widely adopted. It has been shown by many studies that ultrasound can visualize pulmonary edema easily so that treatment can be started quickly. However, some still cling to their chest xrays and their natriuretic peptides, just hoping it won't lead them astray. Well this trial aims to prove the superior accuracy of lung ultrasound combined with clinical assessment over chest xray and pro-BNP (also combined with clinical assessment). Hold onto your hats, because there is a lot we can learn from this well done randomized controlled trial of over 500 patients! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30690825


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