Management of Cardiac Failure in the Intensive Care Unit
Heart failure is a serious condition affecting an estimated 2 million Americans and is a common reason for hospitalization. Patients presenting with an acute deterioration of cardiac function are often admitted to the ICU. These patients are likely to benefit from treatment in an ICU. However, patients with end-stage cardiac failure whose condition has progressed slowly and inexorably despite maximal medical therapy are poor candidates for admission to the ICU, unless they are candidates for cardiac transplantation or have suffered from an acute medical complication. The following patients with cardiac failure may benefit from admission to an ICU:
Worsening pulmonary edema with acute respiratory failure
Acute myocardial ischemia
Acute hemodynamic compromise due to arrhythmias
Severe complicating disease, e. g., pneumonia
KeywordsHeart Failure Chronic Heart Failure Diastolic Dysfunction Cardiac Failure Severe Heart Failure
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