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Bedside echocardiography 

Bedside echocardiography
Bedside echocardiography

Stephen Hickey

, Coralie Carle

, and Donna Greenhalgh

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date: 15 September 2019

This chapter considers the indications for bedside echocardiography in the cardiac intensive care unit. It describes the specific indications for transthoracic echocardiography (TTE): assessment of pericardial effusions; optimal views of the left ventricular apex; optimal views of the left atrium; assessment of volume status using the inferior vena cava and subhepatic veins; optimal Doppler beam alignment in apical view for aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves. It also describes the specific indications for transoesophageal echocardiography as: inadequate TTE views (e.g. obesity, chest wall abnormalities, emphysema, intermittent positive pressure ventilation with high levels of positive end-expiratory pressure), assessment of structures close to the oesophagus (e.g. left atrial appendage, mitral valve), interrogation of prosthetic mitral valves, assessment of vegetations, and suspected aortic dissection

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