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Abstract

Hemodynamics play an important role in cardiogenic shock assessment for prognosis estimation and for phenotyping cardiogenic shock. This is best done by pulmonary artery catheters. In general, at the beginning of cardiogenic shock, patients have vasoconstriction, which over time may lead to vasodilation. This is often triggered by percutaneous mechanical circulatory support. This review will elucidate the hemodynamics and the factors that possibly lead to vasodilation in patients with mechanical circulatory support.

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