Cardiogenic shock, due to low cardiac output, may occur as a result of low stroke volume or bradycardia. In this video, from our ICU Masterclass: Inotropes and Vasopressors course, we'll cover the reversible and irreversible causes of low cardiac output, as well as how to be selective when choosing agents to manage these effectively.
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Cardiogenic shock is inadequate perfusion originating from failure of the heart to pump blood effectively. cardiac output produced by the heart is equal to the stroke volume times the heart rate. Low heart rate may be a cause of decreased cardiac output, or a contributing factor if a compensatory tachycardia is blunted. crona tropic agents may be useful if there's a reversible cause for the bradycardia.
These include isoproterenol, dobutamine, milrinone, epinephrine, glucagon, calcium, or dopamine. These agents would not be expected to work However, in the case of an irreversible cause, like infarction of the conducting system. The preferred agent depends on whether there is alternate pathology present, like ischemia hyperkalemia or a nodal blocking toxin isopure is likely the most effective agent from the standpoint of purely increasing the heart rate.
While increasing heart rate may improve cardiac output, increasing stroke volume may also be beneficial. A low stroke volume may also be the result of a variety of different conditions, including ischemia, cardiomyopathy, hypercalcemia, or the presence of a toxin. Mechanical considerations like hypovolemia or obstruction may also decrease the stroke volume.
The options for Anna tropic medicines for improving stroke volume are essentially the same as for increasing heart rate. dobutamine is likely the first agent for Anna trophy for most providers. For patients with high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension, or those taking beta blockers or beta agonists. milrinone may be a more effective agent for patients with the low blood pressure.
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