What is the key to reducing the mortality risk of cardiac tamponade?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Chakri Yarlagadda, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC, CCDS; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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As previously stated, prompt diagnosis is key to reducing the mortality risk for patients with cardiac tamponade. Although cardiac tamponade is a clinical diagnosis, further assessment of the patient’s condition and diagnosis of the underlying cause of the tamponade can be obtained through lab studies, imaging studies, electrocardiography, and echocardiography.


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