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Focused Cardiac Ultrasound


Phillip Andrus ,

Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, US
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Anthony Dean

Division of Emergency Ultrasonography, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, US
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The use of point-of-care ultrasound of the heart is becoming more widespread. A variety of users have joined traditional users of cardiac ultrasound, cardiologists, and are imaging their patients in real time at the point of care. Patients with undifferentiated shock, hypotension, chest pain, or dyspnea are ideal candidates for focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS). In addition, any patient in whom the diagnosis of pericardial effusion or tamponade, pulmonary embolism, or left ventricular dysfunction is suspected would benefit from FOCUS. Of particular importance is the use of FOCUS to rapidly determine the etiology of cardiac arrest. This review will detail the indications, techniques, and limitations of FOCUS in these patients.
How to Cite: Andrus P, Dean A. Focused Cardiac Ultrasound. Global Heart. 2013;8(4):299–303. DOI:
Published on 01 Dec 2013.
Peer Reviewed


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