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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AHF in the ED

Academic Emergency Medicine
Martindale J et al. Academic Emergency Medicine 2016; 23(3): 223-242
DOI: 10.1111/acem.12878
"Acute heart failure (AHF) is one of the most common diagnoses assigned to emergency department (ED) patients who are hospitalized. Despite its high prevalence in the emergency setting, the diagnosis of AHF in ED patients with undifferentiated dyspnea can be challenging.
Conclusions
Bedside lung US and echocardiography appear to the most useful tests for affirming the presence of AHF while NPs are valuable in excluding the diagnosis..."