Clinical relevance of echocardiography in acute severe dyspnea.

  title={Clinical relevance of echocardiography in acute severe dyspnea.},
  author={Marc Feissel and Julien Maizel and Georges Robles and Julio Badie and Jean Pierre Faller and Michel Slama},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography},
  volume={22 10},
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the most relevant echocardiographic parameter for the clinical diagnosis of acute dyspnea due to left-heart dysfunction. METHODS Transthoracic echocardiography was performed in 88 patients in sinus rhythm admitted for respiratory distress. Two experts determined the cause of dyspnea as cardiogenic (26 patients) or noncardiogenic (62 patients). RESULTS The feasibility was 100% for the E/A ratio and the E/E deceleration time (EDT) ratio but 97… CONTINUE READING
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