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Starling Forces – Hydrostatic and Oncotic Pressures

"Starling forces" describe the movement across capillaries as a balance between hydrostatic and oncotic pressure gradients within the capillary and in the surrounding interstitium. Filtration across the capillary membrane occurs along its…

What Is Pleurodesis?

Pleurodesis is a procedure aimed to obliterate the intrapleural space and is performed for recurrent malignant/non-malignant effusions and recurrent pneumothorax. 

What Is An Impella?

Impella® is a percutaneous axial heart pump placed retrograde across the aortic valve into the left ventricle (LV) utilizing fluoroscopy +/- echocardiography. Its indications include high risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI,…

Finished First Block Of Cardiac ICU

As a critical care fellow, I'll spend a total of two months (four, 2-week rotations) in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU). I just finished my first rotation there and got to befriend many of the cardiac surgery attendings and fellows…