Hand-carried cardiac ultrasound enhances healthcare delivery in developing countries

Sergio L. Kobal, Steve S. Lee, Richard Willner, Francisco E. Aguilar Vargas, Huai Luo, Colin Watanabe, Yoram Neuman, Takashi Miyamoto, Robert J. Siegel

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The availability of cardiac ultrasound is limited in developing countries. We evaluated the feasibility and diagnostic capability of a hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device in 126 patients (age 44 24 years) referred for consultation to a cardiology clinic in rural Mexico. The hand-carried cardiac ultrasound device identified 86 cardiac findings and obviated the need for further comprehensive echocardiographic evaluation in 90% of patients (113 of 126).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-541
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


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