PGY3 Resident Will Denq discusses the Brest Score in Urgent Matters blog post

October 7, 2016

Dr. Will DenqEmergency physicians commonly use a combination of history, physical exam, EKG, labs, and imaging to help diagnose congestive heart failure (CHF) in the emergency department in patients who present with shortness of breath. However, sometimes it can be confusing and what initially looks like heart failure ends up being something else, such as pneumonia (1-3). Misdiagnosis can have real consequences, particularly when diuretics used to improve CHF result in worsened conditions such as a pulmonary embolus or other serious pathologies.