Acute Mortality in Hospitalized Patients Undergoing Echocardiography With and Without an Ultrasound Contrast Agent
Results in 18,671 Consecutive Studies
Lisa L. Kusnetzky, BA, Adnan Khalid, MD, Taiyeb M. Khumri, MD, Tabitha G. Moe, MD, Philip G. Jones, MS and Michael L. Main, MD, FACC*
Approximately 0.4% of hospitalized patients die within 24 h of echocardiography. There is no increased mortality risk associated with Definity-enhanced echocardiographic examinations in hospitalized patients, despite evidence for higher clinical acuity and more comorbid conditions in patients undergoing contrast-enhanced studies.