UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: cardiogenic shock and HCM

Keywords: cardiogenic shock, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (PubMed Search)

Posted: 3/17/2008 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 12/7/2019)
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Cardiogenic shock associated with LV outflow obstruction is managed best without the use of vasoconstrictive agents and vasopressors. Ideally, patients should be treated with IVF and beta blockade. Alpha agonists (e.g. ISO) can also be added.

Typical vasopressors may actually worsen LV outflow obstruction in these patients.