Reduced range of facial expression may indicate serious cardiopulmonary disease

  • July 23, 2014

Patients with serious cardiopulmonary disease may not exhibit the normal range of facial expressions, particularly the ability to register surprise in response to emotional cues, upon admission to the ED, according to preliminary research published in Emergency Medicine Journal.

“Our preliminary findings suggest that stimulus-evoked facial expressions from emergency department patients with cardiopulmonary symptoms might be a useful component of gestalt pretest probability assessment,” the investigators wrote.

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