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"Cardiologists can estimate the blood pressure in the jugular vein (jugular venous pressure) by careful observation of the vein. This requires the patient to be lying down with the upper body at an angle of less than 30 degrees, with the neck muscles relaxed. The doctor usually observes the jugular vein from the side, aided by a beam of light shining on the patient's neck. From this perspective, he or she can observe the filling level of the jugular and estimate the blood pressure."
I didn't understand the difference til I was on the table, minutes from my procedure asking my IR what was the difference and why wasn't the EJV being checked!!
Thankfully he didn't think I was an idiot!!