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Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2011 Jul;41(4):717-26, v. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2011.04.003. Epub 2011 Jun 16.

Cardiovascular dysfunction in sepsis and critical illness.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536, USA. Barret.Bulmer@tufts.edu

Abstract

Myocardial dysfunction is commonly encountered in humans, and presumably in dogs with sepsis and critical illness. This dysfunction contributes to increased mortality. With management of the underlying diseases and an understanding of the processes contributing to myocardial dysfunction, steps may be taken to mitigate the consequences of cardiac impairment. Clinical findings, proposed pathophysiologic mechanisms, and current treatment considerations are discussed. Further study is needed to find practical ways to identify myocardial dysfunction and to determine whether timed interventions intended to augment cardiac performance will reduce mortality in this patient population.

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21757088
DOI:
10.1016/j.cvsm.2011.04.003
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