Effectiveness of echocardiographic imaging by nurses to identify left ventricular systolic dysfunction in high-risk patients

James N. Kirkpatrick, Vicki Belka, Kathy Furlong, Beth Balasia, Larry D. Jacobs, Matt Corcoran, Allen S. Anderson, Anne Pastoret, Kirk T. Spencer

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Abstract

Recognizing left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction is critical. The investigators sought to evaluate whether nurses could be trained to use a hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) device to screen for LV systolic dysfunction in high-risk patients. Sixty-three patients from an outpatient diabetes clinic underwent brief echocardiographic examinations by nurses using HCU devices. Of the 63 patients enrolled in the study, 3 (4.7%) had LV systolic dysfunction. The nurses correctly identified these 3 patients as having LV systolic dysfunction (sensitivity 100%, negative predictive value 100%). The identification of occult LV systolic dysfunction in diabetic patients may allow the initiation of therapies known to improve prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1272
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Volume95
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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