What Are Three Signs of Cardiac Tamponade? Center

Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening condition caused by excessive fluid accumulation in the protective sac (pericardium) around the heart. The fluid exerts pressure on the heart and impairs its ability to pump blood. Doctors diagnose this medical emergency by looking for three signs (Beck's triad). They include low arterial pressure, bulging neck veins, and muffled heartbeat. Read more: What Are Three Signs of Cardiac Tamponade? Article


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