Effectiveness of prophylactic levosimendan in high-risk valve surgery patients


ERSOY O., BOYSAN E., UNAL E. U. , YAY K., Yener U. , CICEKCIOGLU F., ...More

CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA, vol.24, no.7, pp.260-264, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.5830/cvja-2013-047
  • Title of Journal : CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.260-264

Abstract

Background: Levosimendan has anti-ischaemic effects, improves myocardial contractility and increases systemic, pulmonary and coronary vasodilatation. These properties suggest potential advantages in high-risk cardiac valve surgery patients where cardioprotection would be valuable. The present study investigated the peri-operative haemodynamic effects of prophylactic levosimendan infusion in cardiac valve surgery patients with low ejection fraction and/or severe pulmonary arterial hypertension.