Clinical Review

The Burden of Cardiac Complications in Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia




Cardiac complications, including arrhythmias, MI, and CHF are a significant burden among patients hospitalized for CAP. Influenza and pneumococcal vaccination should be emphasized among appropriate patients. The cardiac complication prediction score may be used to screen patients once admitted. A troponin and ECG should be obtained in all patients admitted for CAP while a cardiac echocardiogram may be reserved in higher-risk patients. Future research may be directed towards the subjects of pathophysiology other complications and cost.

Acknowledgment: We appreciate the critical review by Jessica Lynn Petrey, MSLS, Clinical Librarian, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Corresponding author: Dr. Forest Arnold, 501 E. Broadway, Suite 140 B, Louisville, KY 40202, [email protected]

Financial disclosures: None.


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