Processes That Disrupt Blood Return To Heart Or Impair LV Fillin

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  • Processes That Disrupt Blood Return to Heart or Impair LV Fillin


  • Anything that causes acute disruption in return of blood to heart: tension pneumothorax
  • Any process that acute limits LV filling: acute tamponade, pulmonary embolism, etc


  • These are related to the underlying acute process
  • Often very ill, with SOB, DOE, symptoms of hypoperfusion

Physical Exam Findings

  • Often abnormal vital signs indicative severe illness: tachycardia, tachypnea, hypotension
  • Other findings based on underlying process (see links below)