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Doppler echocardiography in the ICU 

Doppler echocardiography in the ICU
Doppler echocardiography in the ICU

Julien Maizel

and Michel Slama

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date: 16 May 2022

The capacity of echocardiography to non-invasively identify the major causes of circulatory failure has made it increasingly popular in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. Assessing cardiac performance in shocked patients is a key point in therapeutic support decision-making. Analysing left and right ventricular function and morphology should be mandatory in the training curriculum of ICU physicians. Haemodynamic evaluation relies on several parameters examining left ventricular systolic and diastolic function, left ventricular filling pressure, fluid responsiveness, and right ventricular function. To correctly interpret the echocardiographic findings and adapt patient management appropriately, physicians must be aware of the limits of these parameters.

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