Cardiovascular Function in Septic Shock
Septic shock is a common life-threatening problem in intensive care units, and is one of the major causes of mortality in the critically ill. The effects of sepsis on the cardiovascular system have been the subject of much investigation over the past 20 years and yet remain incompletely understood. Many advances have been made in recent years in understanding the pathophysiology of cardiovascular dysfunction in septic shock with the hope that better understanding of the pathophysiologic events in the patient with sepsis will contribute to more effective treatment.
KeywordsNitric Oxide Septic Shock Cardiac Index Coronary Blood Flow Myocardial Depression
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