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Echocardiography Performed by the Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Physician

Adolfo Kaplan, MD, FCCP; Paul H. Mayo, MD, FCCP
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*From the Pulmonary and Sleep Center of the Valley (Dr. Kaplan), Weslaco, TX; and Long Island Jewish Medical Center (Dr. Mayo), New Hyde Park, NY.

Correspondence to: Adolfo Kaplan, MD, FCCP, 1604 E 8th St, Suite A, Weslaco, TX 78596; e-mail: akaplan0504@yahoo.com


The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2009;135(2):529-535. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0818
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Echocardiography is a noninvasive, readily available tool routinely used in the evaluation of critically ill subjects and patients with respiratory disorders. Critical care echocardiography is useful for diagnostic and monitoring purposes, and assists in therapeutic interventions such as pericardiocentesis. Outpatient echocardiography, as applied by the pulmonary specialist, provides important clinical information relevant to the diagnosis and management of the patient with respiratory disorders. This article summarizes echocardiography applications for the pulmonary/critical care medicine practitioner, related procedural codes, and reimbursement.


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