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, 2025
Reviewed: March 13, 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.
Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.
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