Contrast echo associated with lower mortality in critically ill patients

12/3/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A retrospective study of more than 1 million patients admitted to the ICU who underwent echocardiography found that those who received contrast echo were less likely to die within 48 hours compared with those who did not receive the contrast agent. The findings contradict earlier research suggesting echo contrast agents administered to critically ill patients could increase mortality risk.

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