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Cardiovascular emergencies 

Cardiovascular emergencies
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date: 18 January 2021

Cardiovascular emergencies are either sudden events or are preceded by a noticeable deterioration in the patient’s condition. Although critically ill patients are usually cared for in a specialist unit (e.g. CCU, HDU, ITU) it is becoming more common for these patients to be found on general wards. Many hospitals will have outreach teams to facilitate the appropriate care of these patients and provide support for the staff looking after them. Patients who develop symptoms of ACS on a non-cardiac ward are not always assessed and managed appropriately, which can put them at high risk. This chapter discusses the assessment of the deteriorating patient, resuscitation, and the causes and treatment of some cardiovascular emergencies. Up-to-date resuscitation guidelines are also included.

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