Research

Recent publications from Western Sono faculty:

1.  Millington SJ, Arntfield RT. Advanced Point-of-Care Cardiac Ultrasound Examination: Doppler Applications, Valvular Assessment, and Advanced Right Heart Examination  Global Heart December 2013(Vol. 8, Issue 4,Pages 305-312)

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Abstract: Basic point-of-care cardiac ultrasound involves assessment of left ventricular systolic function, right ventricular size and systolic function, intravascular volume status, and the pericardium. These simple tools are sufficient to aid in the hemodynamic management of most acutely ill patients; more complex patients may benefit from the use of advanced echocardiographic techniques. This paper describes the use of ultrasound in the advanced evaluation of the right heart, in the assessment of valvular function, and touches on several advanced Doppler applications.

2. Arntfield RT, Millington SJ. Point of care cardiac ultrasound applications in the emergency department and intensive care unit–a review. Curr Cardiol Rev. 2012 May;8(2):98-108. PubMed PMID: 22894759.

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Abstract: The use of point of care echocardiography by non-cardiologist in acute care settings such as the emergency department (ED) or the intensive care unit (ICU) is very common. Unlike diagnostic echocardiography, the scope of such point of care exams is often restricted to address the clinical questions raised by the patient’s differential diagnosis or chief complaint in order to inform immediate management decisions. In this article, an overview of the most common applications of this focused echocardiography in the ED and ICU is provided. This includes but is not limited to the evaluation of patients experiencing hypotension, cardiac arrest, cardiac trauma, chest pain and patients after cardiac surgery.

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