Analgesia & Resuscitation : Current ResearchISSN: 2324-903X

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Research Article, Analg Resusc Curr Res Vol: 3 Issue: 3

Pre-Surgical Assessment of Left Ventricular Function in High Risk Patients: The Use of Hand-Carried Cardiac Ultrasound by a Novel Operator

Ehud Jacobzon1, Zvi H. Perry1, Akiva Leibowitz2, Gabriel Szendro3, Itai Horowitz1, Carlos Cafri4 and Sergio L. Kobal4*
1Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
2Department of Anesthesiology, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel
3Deapartment of Vascular Surgery, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel
4Department of Cardiology, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Corresponding author : Sergio L. Kobal
Department of Cardiology, Soroka University Medical Center, P.O. Box 151, Beer-Sheva, Israel 84101
Tel: 972-86400067
Fax: 972-86400896
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 09, 2014 Accepted: September 16, 2014 Published: September 23, 2014
Citation: Jacobzon E, Perry ZH, Leibowitz A, Szendro G, Horowitz I, et al. (2014) Pre-Surgical Assessment of Left Ventricular Function in High Risk Patients: The Use of Hand-Carried Cardiac Ultrasound by a Novel Operator. Analg Resusc: Curr Res 3:3. doi:10.4172/2324-903X.1000123

Abstract

 Pre-Surgical Assessment of Left Ventricular Function in High Risk Patients: The Use of Hand-Carried Cardiac Ultrasound by a Novel Operator

Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function for evaluation of surgical risk in high risk patients relies on echocardiography studies that are expertise dependent and costly. We evaluated the accuracy of a briefly trained examiner to identify asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction (ALVD) utilizing a handcarried cardiac ultrasound (HCU) device as part of the first patient examination.

Keywords: Echocardiography; Hand-carried ultrasound; Left ventricular function; Risk; Surgery

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