Paul J. Leo, MD

Yavapai Regional Medical Center

1003 Willow Creek Road


Matters of the Heart: Pericardial Tamponade

May 02, 2004

A 70-year-old woman with no previousmedical problems had had progressivedyspnea and generalized weaknessfor the past several days. She washypotensive (73/31 mm Hg), tachycardic(120 beats per minute), andtachypneic (28 breaths per minute);oxygen saturation (room air) via pulseoximetry was 84%.