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Dyspnea and Edema 

Dyspnea and Edema
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Dyspnea and Edema
Author(s):

Blair D. Westerly

and Hiroshi Sekiguchi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190464813.003.0001
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date: 12 November 2019

Successful management of obstructive shock requires early recognition and appropriate therapy targeted at the underlying physiology. Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening obstructive shock caused by fluid accumulation in the pericardial sac, which compresses the cardiac chambers and inhibits normal filling. Dyspnea is the most common presenting symptom for patients with cardiac tamponade.

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