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Author: Bill Christian, MS-4
Ross University School of Medicine
AAEM/RSA Publications and Social Media Committee
Rapid assessment of the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) may be critical for the emergency physician. Imagine a patient comes into your emergency department (ED) with acute dyspnea. He has a history of congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and myocardial infarction. Can ultrasound help differentiate between some of the many potential causes of dyspnea? Yes!