Which cardiac studies are performed in the workup of bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The following cardiac studies may be useful if cardiac involvement or disease is suspected as a cause or complication of infection:

  • Electrocardiography (ECG) to evaluate for conduction abnormalities or delays or arrhythmias; pericarditis may be a cause of “pseudosepsis”
  • Cardiac enzyme levels
  • Echocardiography to evaluate for structural heart disease

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