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Panminerva Medica 1998 Dicembre;40(4):273-5

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Usefulness of echocardiography in the assessment of internal medicine inpatients. An analysis according to ACC/AHA guidelines

Corrao S., Arnone S., Amato V., Licata A., Amico G., Licata G.

From the Institute of Internal Medicine University of Palermo, Italy


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Background. We aimed to analyze the importance of echocardiography in our Internal Medicine Institute. We think that this technique could have a large impact in the evaluation of the internistic inpatient who is usually affected by multiple pathological problems.
Methods. Analysis was performed according to the ACC/AHA guidelines for the application of echocardiography. The data of 1211 consecutive inpatients were analyzed.
Results. Sixty-three per cent of all the patients had two or more associated diseases. Moreover, patients in whom echocardiography could be considered appropriate or useful were 67%. Our results point out that echocardiographic examination is generally a technique of great importance for the evaluation of internistic inpatients.
Conclusions. This study could represent a useful background for a cost/benefit analysis that should evaluate the utility of a specifically-dedicated echocardiographic laboratory for optimal, autonomous management of internal medicine inpatients.

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