Auckland DHB Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit
Patients with critical illness commonly develop problems with their hearts and circulation. Various factors are involved, some related to the primary disease while others are secondary effects. Problems include changes in: the distribution and volume of body fluid, the condition of the blood vessels and the ability of the heart to pump blood around the body.
Treatment for cardiovascular problems may include fluids therapy and a wide range of medicines to control the heart rate, cardiac function and blood pressure.