Cardiovascular examination using hand-held cardiac ultrasound

Sam Jenkins, Mohamed G. Shiha, Eron Yones, James Wardley, Alisdair Ryding, Chris Sawh, Marcus Flather, Paul Morris, Andrew J. Swift, Vassilios S. Vassiliou, Pankaj Garg

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Abstract

Echocardiography is the first-line imaging modality for assessing cardiac function and morphology. The miniaturisation of ultrasound technology has led to the development of hand-held cardiac ultrasound (HCU) devices. The increasing sophistication of available HCU devices enables clinicians to more comprehensively examine patients at the bedside. HCU can augment clinical exam findings by offering a rapid screening assessment of cardiac dysfunction in both the Emergency Department and in cardiology clinics. Possible implications of implementing HCU into clinical practice are discussed in this review paper.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Echocardiography
Early online date2 Aug 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Hand-held cardiac ultrasound
  • Jugular venous pressure
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Wall motion abnormality

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