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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Acute Heart Failure Misconceptions

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emDOCs Podcast  Episode 49 - March 15, 2022 - By Brit Long
Misconception #1: Natriuretic peptide testing is always helpful in diagnosing or excluding AHF.
  • Pearl #1: Natriuretic peptides should only be used in conjunction with clinical evaluation, rather than using the test in isolation. There are other causes of elevated BNP.
Misconception #2: Chest radiograph is the go-to imaging test in AHF.
  • Pearl #2: Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is a reliable too in assessing for pulmonary edema associated with heart failure