Counties Manukau Health Intensive Care Unit & High Dependency Unit
A patient with critical illness will commonly develop problems with their heart 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 fluid therapy and a wide range of medicines to control the heart rate, heart function and blood pressure.