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Shortness of Breath
Dyspnea is a Class I indication for comprehensive echocardiography which is out of the scope of the focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) examination. However the three main goals for FoCUS in this instance are:
1. To rule out pericardial effusion and tamponade by extension
2. Identify global LV systolic dysfunction,
3. To have an assessment of the size of the right ventricle as a proxy for indicating the presence or absence of a hemodynamically significant pulmonary embolus.
1. Jonathan A. Paul, Oliver P. F. Panzer; Point-of-care Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest. Anesthesiology 2021; 135:508–519 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003811
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