Jan 8, 2013

Improving outcomes after cardiac arrest using NO inhalation

Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Fumito Ichinose

Abstract

Despite advances in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) methods including therapeutic hypothermia (TH), long-term neurological outcomes and survival after sudden cardiac arrest (CA) remains to be dismal. While nitric oxide (NO) prevents organ injury induced by ischemia and reperfusion (I/R), systemic vasodilation induced by intravenous NO-donor compounds typically precludes its use in post-CA patients in whom blood pressure is often low and unstable. Although developed as a selective pulmonary vasodilator, inhaled NO has systemic benefits in a variety of pre-clinical and clinical studies without causing potentially harmful systemic vasodilation. Breathing NO after CPR may prevent post-CA brain injury and improve long-term outcomes after CA and CPR.

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Ischemia
Vasodilator [EPC]
Inhalation of Drugs
Primary Malignant Neoplasm of Brain
Lung
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Vasodilator Agents
Nitric Oxide
Cardiopulmonary

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