Enteral Feeding during Circulatory Failure: Myths and Reality

  • M. M. Berger
  • R. L. Chiolero


Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Western countries, being responsible for a large number of admissions to intensive care units (ICU), after acute myocardial infarction, cardiac surgery, or acute cardiomyopathies. Moreover, the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is high in patients admitted for primary non-cardiac conditions, since a growing proportion of patients is over 65 years, and chronic cardiac heart failure has a prevalence of 30–130 individuals per 1000 in this age category [1].


Intensive Care Unit Patient Enteral Nutrition Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Enteral Feeding Abdominal Compartment Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Berger
    • 1
  • R. L. Chiolero
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Adult Intensive Care and BurnsCentre Hospitalier Universitaire VaudoisLausanneSwitzerland

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