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Norepinephrine or Epinephrine in Cardiogenic Shock: Is One Better?

Which should be the first-line vasopressor between norepinephrine and epinephrine in cardiogenic shock?Your patient had an MI and is now in cardiogenic shock.They are hypotensive and need a vasopressor.To clarify, The Crit Doc of Tik Tok aka CriticalCareNow aka Haney Mallemat likes epinephrine as an inotrope, not a vasopressor.This was a pilot study, meaning that …

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When to Take Cardiac Arrest Patients to the Cath Lab

A patient has a cardiac arrest and ROSC was achieved.They present to the ER or ICU.Suspicion is high that this was a cardiac insult.The EKG, though, does not show a STEMI.Troponins are elevated. The patient has a cardiac history.Have you ever wondered why intensivists never ask cardiology to take the patient to the cath lab …

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Cardiogenic Shock & Swan-Ganz/Pulmonary Artery Catheters

Mortality for patients in cardiogenic shock is finally improving to be less than 50%. It had been hovering at 50% for decades. Would floating a Swan Ganz catheter, also known as a Pulmonary Artery Catheter improve outcomes in Cardiogenic Shock? The ESCAPE trial took the winds out of the sails of the Swan-Ganz enthusiasts in …

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Pulmonary Artery Pulsatility Index (PAPi)

In an effort to not fly blind in patients with advanced heart failure or cardiogenic shock, certain equations exist to help us manage our patients. This helps us identify who is not doing well and act on their deterioration before it really hits the fan. To measure how the left heart is doing, we use …

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Bicarb in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA): One Minute Journal Club

This is a one minute journal club. This is not medical advice. The full breakdown in below this snippet.Read the data for yourself.Should we provide our DKA patients with sodium bicarbonate (bicarb) to improve their pH?We want to make the numbers pretty.We want to fix the acidosis faster, but does this work?The first thing people …

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Milrinone or Dobutamine in Cardiogenic Shock?

Is your institution a milrinone shop or a dobutamine shop? Or do you have a mixed shop?It seems that most institutions are accustomed to use mostly one or the other in cardiogenic shock.Some argue that milrinone is better.Some argue that dobutamine is better.But do we know the answer?This was answered late in 2021 in the …

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