Definition: Compression of the heart caused by increased intrapericardial pressure due to the collection of blood or fluid in the pericardial space. Cardiac tamponade should usually be documented by either: Echocardiogram showing pericardial fluid and signs of tamponade such as right heart compromise, or systemic hypotension due to pericardial fluid compromising cardiac function.
Synonyms (terms occurring on more labels are shown first): cardiac tamponade, pericardial tamponade
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