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Cardiac Tamponade



Dyspnea, chest pain, and a cough. Can you save your patient before his condition becomes lethal?

  1. Cardiac Tamponade
  2. Constrictive Pericarditis
  3. Pericardiectomy
  4. Pulseless Electrical Activity and Defibrillation
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