Treatment of Cardiac Tamponade
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Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: March 14, 2019
Expiration date: March 14, 2022
In patients with a diagnosis of pericardial effusion, especially when accompanied by symptoms or signs of cardiac tamponade, a number of therapeutic interventions are possible. These include emergency stabilization with hydration, avoidance of vasodilators, and potentially pressors. Pericardiocentesis, surgical pericardial windowing, or percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy are potential therapies.
You Will Learn
- To distinguish early emergency therapy for cardiac tamponade from more definitive therapies
- To describe the techniques for pericardiocentesis in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
- To summarize surgical therapies for cardiac tamponade and/or recurrent pericardial effusions
- To review the analysis of fluid removed during treatment of pericardial effusions