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Vasoactive Amines and Inotropic Agents

  • Keith P. Lewis
  • R. Mauricio Gonzalez
  • Konstantin Balonov

Abstract

One of the central goals of the clinician caring for critically ill patients is to maintain hemodynamic stability. This requires knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and their interaction. This chapter reviews the autonomic innervation of the heart and peripheral circulation and the cardiovascular effects of the vasoactive amines and various inotropes.

Keywords

Renal Blood Flow Systemic Vascular Resistance Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Coronary Blood Flow Parasympathetic Nervous System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith P. Lewis
    • 1
  • R. Mauricio Gonzalez
    • 1
  • Konstantin Balonov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyBoston Medical CenterBostonUSA

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