Myocardial protection in sepsis.

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Myocardial protection in sepsis.

Crit Care. 2008 Sep 3;12(5):177

Authors: Shakar S, Lowes BD

ABSTRACT: Sepsis with myocardial dysfunction is seen commonly. Beta-blockers have been used successfully to treat chronic heart failure based on the premise that chronically elevated adrenergic drive is detrimental to the myocardium. However, recent reports on the acute use of beta-blockers in situations with potential hemodynamic compromise have shown the risks associated with this approach. In critical situations, the main effect of adrenergic activation is to support cardiovascular function. Caution should be exercised in designing studies to assess beta-blockers in septic patients.

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