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echo findings in chf

Discussion in 'Cardiology' started by rm61, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. rm61

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    In CHF, what is the most common finding on echocardiography? Can an echo ever be normal with a pt in CHF?
     
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  3. KRichards62

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    First, determine if there is systolic or diastolic dysfunction. The differential and management for each is quite different. Sounds like you need to do some reading.
     
  4. dragonfly99

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    Agree...systolic CHF and (mostly or purely) diastolic dysfunction are different animals.
     
  5. Bostonredsox

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    /nod. if your echo shows severe LVH, mitral regurg and elevated pulmonary pressures you have an answer. But if you have no LVH, a normal wedge, but an RVSP of 90 and TR, you have another answer... read the Harrisons chapters on CHF/cor pulmoanle and pulmoary hypertension, like 40 pages total, will open your eyes my friend.
     

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