Tag Archives: Vasodilator drugs

Management Of Heart Failure

Understanding the pathophysiology of heart failure is the key to a logical approach to medical management. Many of the compensatory neurohormonal mechanisms which are activated in heart failure, with time, become detrimental to the animal with compromised cardiac function. This is particularly true when adaptive changes occur which lead to the renin-angiotensin system and the… Read More »

Balanced vasodilators

Sodium nitroprusside Sodium nitroprusside is a potent arteriolar and venodilator drug with a similar mechanism of action to the organic nitrates, h has a very short duration of action and is administered by continuous intravenous infusion starting at an initial infusion rate of 1-5 μg kg-1 min-1. It reduces pulmonary and systemic vascular resistance decreasing… Read More »