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POCUS Right Atrial Pressure Study Published!




After 1.5 years of work, I'm excited to announce that our right atrial pressure study was published in the Journal of the American Society of Echo:



We showed that a 2-minute simple bedside POCUS technique can estimate the right atrial pressure within 3 mmHg in most patients. Though we did not compare it directly to the IVC estimation, a recent blinded study of IVC measurement vs gold standard right heart cath measurements suggests that this new method is significantly more accurate. It also has a few other benefits:

  • It is obtainable in 100% of patients since the jugular vein is so superficial and easy to see

  • It is not obstructed by bowel gas or affected by morbid obesity

  • It offers a quantitative estimate of actual pressure as opposed to a qualitative estimate of low, normal, or high.



We've made a short video highlighting the method and going through two example cases:





Happy 2023!

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