Read an article from the American Journal of Emergency Medicine revealing the potential of lung ultrasound to better inform medical decision-making.
Sonographic B-lines: Indicator of Pulmonary Decongestion in Acute HF
A study of clinical applications of ultrasonography as an objective and direct measure of pulmonary edema in cases of acute heart failure.
This article outlines clinical applications of ultrasonography as an objective and direct measure of pulmonary edema in cases of acute heart failure. The study specifies that the summation of B-lines and/or quantification of positive or negative findings in lung zones may be helpful in gauging pulmonary edema severity and stratifying risk. Furthermore, the use of ultrasonography offers the advantage of being a non-invasive and readily accessible diagnostic tool, providing real-time data that can guide immediate clinical decisions. The authors conclude that ultrasonography shows promising potential as an objective measure of pulmonary edema in cases of acute heart failure; however, more research is needed for a standardized approach to be developed. With the increasing ubiquity of portable ultrasound devices, the adoption of this diagnostic modality could significantly improve patient outcomes in acute settings.
Martindale, J. L. (2016). Resolution of sonographic B-lines as a measure of pulmonary decongestion in acute heart failure. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 34(6), 1129-1132. doi:http://dx.doi.org.libproxy1.usc.edu/10.1016/j.ajem.2016.03.043
Objective noninvasive measures of dyspnea in patients with developing heart failure are lacking. In this review, we describe lung ultrasound as a tool to estimate the degree of pulmonary congestion in patients presenting with acute heart failure and to monitor therapeutic efficacy. Serial semiquantitative measures of sonographic B-lines in acute heart failure patients can be converted to pulmonary edema scores obtained at admission and hospital discharge. These scores provide prognostic information for short-term clinical outcomes. Lung ultrasound has the potential to measure changes in pulmonary edema during acute heart failure management and improve risk stratification.
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SonoSim Keywords: Pulmonary Decongestion, Ultrasound, Sonographic B-Line, Pulmonary Edema