Review of ambulatory pulmonary artery catheterization in the management of advanced heart failure

Congestive Heart Failure, 04/24/2012

Patients who underwent heart transplant, ventricular assist device (VAD), or inotropic therapy had significantly elevated pulmonary capillary wedge pressures, mean pulmonary artery pressures, and depressed cardiac index. Patients selected for inotropic therapy also had significantly elevated right atrial pressures and depressed ejection fractions. Pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC) use safely guided medical therapy in more than half of the nonacute ambulatory patients.

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