Treatment of Cardiac Tamponade
Authors: Michael Ragosta III, MD
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.
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