A thorough review of the renal dysfunction that commonly accompanies severe cardiac dysfunction. Known as the cardiorenal syndrome, this entity poses challenging diagnostic and therapeutic implications. The review provides in-depth coverage of the purported pathophysiologic mechanisms of the cardiorenal syndrome, highlights the increasing resistance to diuretics, and a management algorithm from which health-care providers can begin their therapeutic strategy.

***See also: 1) The Cardio-Renal Syndrome (multimedia); 2) Extracorporeal management of heart failure – the Nephrology Perspective


Time Required (estimated): 30 minutes
Title: Acute decompensated heart failure and the cardiorenal syndrome
Citation: Critical Care Medicine 2008, Volume 36, pp. S75-88
Date Created: 2008
Revisions: None Indicated
Disclaimers: None Indicated
Resource Type: Text
Other: Recommended by Sharona Johnson, NP
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