Down but not out: myocardial depression in sepsis
Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Nepean Hospital, University of Sydney, PO Box 63, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia
Critical Care 2012, 16:132 doi:10.1186/cc11367
See related research by Weng et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/3/R71Published: 27 June 2012
Myocardial depression in septic patients is well recognized yet still poorly understood. The prognostic significance in terms of overall mortality when it is identified, remains in dispute. Parameters of left ventricular function measured by tissue Doppler imaging may assist in resolving whether dysfunction identified early in the course of sepsis is a good prognostic sign.