Expert consensus document: echocardiography and lung ultrasonography for the assessment and management of acute heart failure

Price, S. et al. (2017) Expert consensus document: echocardiography and lung ultrasonography for the assessment and management of acute heart failure. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 14(7), pp. 427-440. (doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2017.56) (PMID:28447662)

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Echocardiography is increasingly recommended for the diagnosis and assessment of patients with severe cardiac disease, including acute heart failure. Although previously considered to be within the realm of cardiologists, the development of ultrasonography technology has led to the adoption of echocardiography by acute care clinicians across a range of specialties. Data from echocardiography and lung ultrasonography can be used to improve diagnostic accuracy, guide and monitor the response to interventions, and communicate important prognostic information in patients with acute heart failure. However, without the appropriate skills and a good understanding of ultrasonography, its wider application to the most acutely unwell patients can have substantial pitfalls. This Consensus Statement, prepared by the Acute Heart Failure Study Group of the ESC Acute Cardiovascular Care Association, reviews the existing and potential roles of echocardiography and lung ultrasonography in the assessment and management of patients with acute heart failure, highlighting the differences from established practice where relevant.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMurray, Professor John
Authors: Price, S., Platz, E., Cullen, L., Tavazzi, G., Christ, M., Cowie, M. R., Maisel, A. S., Masip, J., Miro, O., McMurray, J. J., Peacock, W. F., Martin-Sanchez, F. J., Di Somma, S., Bueno, H., Zeymer, U., and Mueller, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Nature Reviews Cardiology
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1759-5010
Published Online:27 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
First Published:First published in Nature Reviews Cardiology 14(7): 427-440
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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