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A Well-Known Cardiac Condition With a Unique Presentation 

A Well-Known Cardiac Condition With a Unique Presentation
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A Well-Known Cardiac Condition With a Unique Presentation
Author(s):

Sumedh S. Hoskote

, Muhammad A. Rishi

, and Nathan J. Smischney

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190464813.003.0018
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date: 14 October 2019

The classic triad of low arterial blood pressure, distended neck veins, and muffled heart sounds is known as the Beck triad and is associated with cardiac tamponade. The full triad, however, is quite uncommon in cases of tamponade, and the diagnosis requires a high degree of awareness. Atypical presentations of cardiac tamponade can be diagnosed earlier with the use of bedside cardiac ultrasonography, which is now commonplace in the intensive care unit.Cardiac tamponade can occur when intrapericardial pressure exceeds the diastolic pressure in the cardiac chambers.

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