Focused Ultrasound in the Emergency Department for the Diagnosis of Acute Heart Failure
The Emergency Department plays a key role in the initial diagnosis and management of acute heart failure (AHF). Despite the advent of novel biomarkers and traditional methods of assessment, diagnosis of short of breath ED patients remains challenging. Focused cardiac and pulmonary ultrasound has emerged as a valid, facile and efficient method to aid in the diagnosis and management of AHF. It may also help to identify alternative etiologies of acute dyspnea.
Key Learning Objectives
This webinar is to inform and educate interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons on:
- The diagnosis of acute heart failure (HF) may be challenging, especially in patients with co-morbid conditions, such as COPD
- Focused cardiac and lung ultrasound (US) may rapidly diagnosis and guide management in patients presenting with acute dyspnea. Specifically, lung US to assess for B-lines, as well as IVC (inferior vena cava) measurement and ejection fraction
- B-lines or comet tails are easily identified signs of extra-vascular lung water, which in the correct clinical setting is highly suggestive of pulmonary congestion
- Emergency Physicians
- Internal Medicine Physicians
Frances M Russell
Frances Russell, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Division Chief, Emergency Ultrasound
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
Department of Emergency Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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