Cardiovascular failure, inotropes and vasopressors

Benham-Hermetz, Julia; Lambert, Mark; Stephens, Robert C. M.
May 2012
British Journal of Hospital Medicine (17508460);May2012 Supplement, pC74
Academic Journal
The article discusses cardiovascular failure, which occurs when tissue oxygen delivery is inadequate to meet tissue oxygen demand. It mentions the importance of using inotropes to increase myocardial contraction and cardiac output; and vasopressors to increase systematic vascular resistance. Definitions of key parameters in cardiovascular physiology are listed. The article also states that patients on inotropes and vasopressors need to be managed on a critical care unit.


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