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Imaging, data visualisation, videos and scientific infographics compiled and created by a cardiologist with an interest in science communication and comedy

April 8, 2017

The way scientific research is disseminated has changed. With the proliferation of journals, lazy people like me now allow others to pick out the highlights, which they share on social media.

To compete with other journals and dank memes on people's Twitter or Facebook timelines, the visual abstract movement was born. A visually appealing, simple communication of a study's main messages can hugely increase readership. As part of BMJ Heart's online team I wanted to make sure we were amongst the first cardiology journals to embrace this...

April 8, 2017

The normal pericardial sac contains the heart along with a trace volume of fluid. When excess fluid accumulates the heart may get squashed, impairing filling and pumping. When there is a lot of fluid, the heart also becomes mobile.

The ECG tracing, taken from stickers on the skin, might show variability due to the simple fact that the heart is essentially swimming in a massive volume of fluid and moving about quite considerably.

This particular patient has an enormous pericardial effusion, which had been building up slowly over years.

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