Vasopressors During Cardiac Arrest

  • G. Cammarata
Conference paper


After almost five decades of the so-called modern era of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) the survival percentage of patients affected by cardiac arrest is rarely above 5–6%. Post resuscitation myocardial dysfunction accounts for most deaths during the first 72 hours after the return of spontaneous circulation. When the heart stops beating, all cardiomyocytes undergo ischaemic damage, the severity of which increases with the duration of no flow, as previously demonstrated in experimental and clinical studies [1, 2].


Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Spontaneous Circulation Coronary Perfusion Pressure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Cammarata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareUniversity of CataniaCannizzaroItaly

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