Cardiac tamponade – Dx

Clinical findings consistent with cardiac tamponade include tachycardia, dyspnea, chest pain, diaphoresis, decreased arterial pulsation, muffled heart sounds, elevated jugular venous pressure and pulsus paradoxus. Classically Beck’s triad is used to characterize three signs of cardiac tamponade: hypotension, jugular venous distention and muffled heart sounds. [More…]