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Cardiovascular Function in Intensive Care Medicine or Homo Mensura Est


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1University of Ljubljana, Celje, Slovenia

2University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary

3Paris-Sud University Hospitals, Le Kremlin-Bicetre, France

4General Hospital Celje, Celje, Slovenia


Cardiovascular Function in Intensive Care Medicine or Homo Mensura Est

Description

Cardiovascular system is vital for body homeostasis and is carefully regulated in acute and chronic conditions. Despite important achievements in the field of hemodynamic assessment and supportive treatment for hemodynamic stabilization in intensive care medicine, several clinically relevant questions are still unresolved or inadequately answered.

While the debate is still ongoing regarding the best type of fluid used for resuscitation in different conditions, there is new evidence for patient monitoring. Recent experimental and clinical trials suggest that elements of the cardiovascular function can effectively be assessed by several measures including dynamic parameters (e.g., stroke volume/pulse pressure variation and passive leg raising). However, it remains unknown whether this has been translated into clinical routine, in either the operating theatre, intensive care, or the emergency department. Assessment of the balance between oxygen delivery and consumption by simple measures such as the central venous oxygen saturation, venous-to-arterial carbon dioxide gap, and serum lactate levels, at the bedside is another intriguing topic. Laboratory biomarkers can help in differential diagnosis of acute conditions or deteriorations. Eventually, all contribute to individually tailored patient management and clinical decision-making. In general, significant advances have been made, but the quest for an ideal monitoring biomarker is still ongoing. Therefore, the aim of this special issue is to give an update on recent developments, review current best practice, to highlight and discuss controversies, and suggest ideas for future research in the field.

We invite investigators and clinicians to contribute original articles on all aspects of cardiovascular function in intensive care and emergency medicine. Particular emphasis will be given to patient assessment, monitoring, and management but we also welcome animal model studies, mechanistic studies, epidemiological surveys, novel imaging, and haemodynamic methodology articles and results of clinical trials. State-of-the-art review articles, expert consensus documents (particularly on topics where little or contradictory evidence from randomized trials is available), and case reports/series of rare or exceptional aspects in the field will also be considered.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular system function and adaptations in acute conditions
  • Noninvasive and invasive haemodynamic assessment and monitoring
  • Imaging with emphasis on bedside methods
  • Biomarkers
  • Heart rate as a risk marker and therapeutic target
  • Management of haemodynamically unstable patient (fluid optimization, vasopressors, inotropic drugs, and mechanical support)
  • Management of arrhythmias
  • Current clinical practice in different geographical regions and in different diseases

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6301074
  • - Editorial

Cardiovascular Function in Intensive Care Medicine or Homo Mensura Est

Mitja Lainscak | Zsolt Molnar | ... | Gorazd Voga
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 729075
  • - Review Article

Fluid Therapy: Double-Edged Sword during Critical Care?

Jan Benes | Mikhail Kirov | ... | Xavier Monnet
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 863715
  • - Review Article

Pressor Response to Noradrenaline in the Setting of Septic Shock: Anything New under the Sun—Dexmedetomidine, Clonidine? A Minireview

A. Géloën | C. Pichot | ... | L. Quintin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 478970
  • - Review Article

Haemodynamic Effects of Lung Recruitment Manoeuvres

András Lovas | Tamás Szakmány
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 596451
  • - Review Article

The Role of Focused Echocardiography in Pediatric Intensive Care: A Critical Appraisal

Heloisa Amaral Gaspar | Samira Saady Morhy
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 160979
  • - Research Article

Goal-Directed Resuscitation Aiming Cardiac Index Masks Residual Hypovolemia: An Animal Experiment

Krisztián Tánczos | Márton Németh | ... | József Kaszaki
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 907304
  • - Clinical Study

The Impact of Thrombocytopenia on Outcome in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes: A Single Center Retrospective Study

Andreja Sinkovič | Maja Majal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 187384
  • - Review Article

Beyond the Limits: Clinical Utility of Novel Cardiac Biomarkers

Radmilo Janković | Danica Marković | ... | Vesna Dinić
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 847152
  • - Research Article

Monitoring Microcirculatory Blood Flow with a New Sublingual Tonometer in a Porcine Model of Hemorrhagic Shock

Péter Palágyi | József Kaszaki | ... | Zsolt Molnár
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