Use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema

  • J. Räsänen
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 6)


Pulmonary edema secondary to acute left ventricular failure is a medical emergency in which effective measures to stablilize cardiorespiratory function are critically important to assure the best possible outcome. Pulmonary edema increases the work of breathing and effects arterial hypoxemia which may rapidly alter cardiac performance in an unfavorable direction by way of detrimental cardiopulmonary interactions. When such a development is in progress, pharmacological support of circulatory function may not be sufficient to prevent further deterioration of the patient’s condition. Therefore, specific therapy for respiratory failure must be instituted without delay.


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Intrathoracic Pressure Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy Breathing Circuit Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema 
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