Use of Vasopressor Drugs in Cardiac Arrest

  • Anette C. Krismer
  • Norman A. Paradis
  • Volker Wenzel
  • John Southall
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


The importance of vital organ perfusion in patients suffering cardiac arrest (CA) makes arterial vasomotor tone, and the resultant perfusion pressure, critical in resuscitation from sudden death. After failure of countershock, ventilation, and oxygenation, the target organ for resuscitative pharmacotherapy becomes the arterial vascular smooth muscle cell. Selective stimulation of various vascular smooth muscle cell surface receptors is accomplished through administration of exogenous agents with the intention of altering blood flow away from nonvital organ beds toward the myocardium and brain.


Cardiac Arrest Myocardial Blood Flow Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Arginine Vasopressin Spontaneous Circulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anette C. Krismer
    • 1
  • Norman A. Paradis
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Volker Wenzel
    • 1
  • John Southall
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineLeopold-Franzens-UniversityInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenver
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenver
  4. 4.Department of MedicineUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenver
  5. 5.Department of Emergency MedicineMaine Medical CenterPortland

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