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Echocardiography and the general physician
  1. G J Heatlie1,
  2. M Giles2
  1. 1Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Nottingham City Hospital, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Grant Heatlie
 Queens Medical Centre, Derby Road, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK; grant.heatlievirgin.net

Abstract

Doctors from many medical specialties request echocardiography as part of their assessment of patients with a wide range of pathology. Recent advances in the technology and techniques of echocardiography are discussed. The role of echocardiography in acute medicine is reviewed and its place in general medicine is also discussed.

  • echocardiography
  • COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • ECG, electrocardiography
  • LVH, left ventricular hypertrophy
  • LVO, left ventricular cavity opacification
  • RVSP, right ventricular systolic pressure
  • TOE, transoesophageal echocardiography
  • TTE, transthoracic echocardiography
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