Sunday, May 17, 2020

High-yield : Absence of tachycardia in cardiac tamponade (mnemonic)


Tachycardia is a characteristic feature of decreased systolic blood pressure in the patients of cardiac tamponade. However, there are exceptions to be taken care of during diagnosis and workup on the patients with following conditions (absence of tachycardia):

- Terminally-ill patients (late presentations)
- Renal failure (uremic pericarditis)
- Patients with myxedema (low thyroid)
- Patients taking propanolol (beta blockers).

- Jaskunwar Singh

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